Not all DUI / OVWI charges carry the same consequences. One way for things to become a lot more serious if for you to get a DUI / OVWI with a child in the car. This starts out as a Level 6 felony, which carries a maximum penalty of two-and-a-half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
What would be an ordinary misdemeanor DUI / OVWI charge become an automatic felony charge when there’s a passenger in the vehicle under 18. Even if you have no criminal history, a felony is no joke.
A felony can have life-long implications for jobs and can disrupt the lives of everyone in the family. Many high-paying jobs have a policy of not hiring people with felony convictions.
Your kid’s school might say you’re not allowed to chaperone field trips. You might even be prevented from applying for professional licenses.
Click here to read on about the potential consequences of getting a DUI / OVWI charge with a child in the car.