A second offense OWVI (Operating While Visibly Impaired) conviction brings punishments that include possible jail time, revocation of driver’s license, fines, and more. It is a serious offense despite requiring a BAC (blood alcohol content) greater than 0.08%.
The arresting officer may charge you with OWVI if in his or her opinion, you appear to be impaired. The officer is allowed to use sobriety tests and his or her accounts of visible impairment including inability to walk a straight line, slurred speech, etc. to determine if your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely is impaired.
Many factors may contribute to an innocent individual being charged with OWVI and convicted without the proper representation. Some of these factors may include the weather, road conditions, health issues, or vehicle problems.
A second offense OWVI conviction holds serious penalties including up to one year in jail, revocation of driver’s license for one year, vehicle immobilization, up to 90 days of community service, addition of 4 points on your driving record, fines of up to $1,000, and a $500 driver’s responsibility fee to be paid for two consecutive years.
If you have been charged with a second offense OWVI, contact Rudoi Law today.