Civil and Criminal Consequences of OWI

A glass of whiskey with a set of car keys highlighting the dangers of drinking and driving

Convictions for First offenses are civil, not criminal, but the penalties include large fines and a loss of driving privileges for six to nine months. Conviction for a second or third offense results in a permanent criminal record, mandatory minimum jail sentence, and lengthy loss of driving privileges. A fourth or higher offenses are felony offenses and can result in a prison sentence and a loss of driving privileges for life.

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