Could you go to jail for a DWI?
You just got pulled over for a DWI. You’re worried. The first thought is, this is the first time you’ve ever had any sort of contact with law enforcement and are you going to go to jail? Well, each county is a little different. Each county handles things a little differently in Southwest Missouri. Any attorney who walks into the room, sits down and says “We’re keeping you out of jail,” well, they’re lying to you because they don’t know the facts yet.
MRD Lawyers Quick Tip: If this is your first DWI, there are a few things that you can expect. Check out our blog post on this subject to learn more. DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (DWI) – FIRST OFFENSE PENALTIES
It all comes down to the details.
You have to look into each individual case and consider the who the prosecutor is, consider who the judge is, consider the jurisdiction and what they typically do and analyze the case. Now the short answer is, based on my experience, the vast majority of time, jail is not an issue right upfront. But, each case is individual so we have to look at each one individually. If there is some sort of jail sentence, that is something we will prepare you for months in advance. We discuss the pros and the cons, we discuss what you’re looking at, what it’s going to be like, we walk you through every step of the process.
Let us handle everything.
If this is your first DWI, typically jail does not enter the picture. But we always warn you of the possibility and we tell you about the chances. If you want more details, give us a call. We can walk you through step by step and tell you if that’s something you need to be worrying about and planning for.