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It’s a Mistake to Underestimate the Consequences of a DUI

Jeff Cole
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If you have recently been charged with driving under the influence in South Dakota, whether it’s a first-time or repeat offense, assuming that you’ll just get a “slap on the wrist” is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. While you may know friends, family members, or coworkers who have come away from drunk-driving charges relatively unscathed, don’t forget that each and every case is different—and overlooking the potential worst-case scenario is a mistake that could cost you your license, limit your freedom, and put a major dent in your finances.

Don’t Shrug Off DWI Charges—Take Action Before It’s Too Late

Before you shrug off a seemingly “minor” DWI charge, realize that a conviction could mean:

  • Steep fines and related expenses
  • Additional criminal charges for related offenses, such as reckless driving
  • Jail time
  • Short-term to permanent suspension of your driving privileges
  • Mandatory education and treatment programs at your expense
  • Cancellation of your insurance policy and higher rates in the future
  • Potential limitation of career and educational opportunities
  • Financial liability in civil suits if someone was injured

The good news is that you may be able to avoid a DUI conviction and the heavy penalties that go with it, but you will need clear answers, skilled guidance, and full-service support to be successful. While the potential consequences of a drunk-driving charge can be intimidating, the process is even more intimidating when you don’t know what to expect.

For immediate help with your concerns, reach out to our experienced criminal defense team today, or learn more about us by connecting with our team on Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter.

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