Another consequence of a DWI conviction is the effect on your automobile insurance. Automobile insurance, as you probably know is required by law, but insurance companies are in business to make money, and the rate you pay for car insurance is based on risk, risk that you will be involved in accidents which cause property damage or personal injuries. A DWI conviction means that you will be considered a high risk and your insurance premiums will be higher as a result.
The tool linked on our DWI / DUI web page, should not be used as a means to guide you as you are drinking to ascertain whether you are “ok” to drive. There are too many factors that need to be taken into consideration and in no way will this calculator give you an exact determination of your BAC. Under no circumstance should it be relied on for that purpose. Instead, the calculator is a means to get a general understanding of the relationship between your weight, type of alcohol, amount of alcohol and time of consumption on your BAC.
After a person is convicted or pleads guilty to a DUI (or DWI) offense, the appropriate legal punishment is determined at the sentencing phase. A number of different kinds of penalties may be imposed on a person convicted of DUI, including:
• Incarceration in Jail (shorter-term) – First-time offenders in many states may get shorter stints in jail, but it should be noted that a number states punish first time offenders harshly and many of the other penalties listed here may still apply.
• Incarceration in Prison (longer-term) – Repeat DUI offenders, those convicted of aggravated DUI, and DUI offenders who have caused injury or death to another may be faced with much stiffer prison sentences.
• Suspension or revocation of driver’s license – Many states suspend a drunk driver’s license, even on their first DUI offense. The duration of a license suspension or revocation varies widely by jurisdiction, as well as by the nature of the offense.
• Use of vehicle ignition interlock devices (IIDs) – In many states, drunk driving laws permit or require the use of these devices (which lock a car’s ignition until a sober breath sample is provided) following a DUI offense.
• Vehicle Impoundment – Laws in some states allow or require the impoundment of vehicles in cases involving repeat DUI offenders.
• Drug/alcohol education and/or rehabilitation – Many states require, or allow for, the completion of drug and/or alcohol education programs or coursework before a DUI offender’s driving privileges can be restored.
• Community service – A sentencing judge may impose a wide range of community service on DUI offenders.
• Probation – An alternative to prison, this is a set period of time where the defendant has certain restrictions and requirements, such as community service and a restricted license.
• SCRAM Bracelets – Some jurisdictions allow for the use of these alcohol monitoring ankle bracelets as a penalty or as a condition of probation.
• Suspended sentences – These sentences take effect if conditions of probation are violated.