OWI 1st

Serious Misdemeanor

Jail sentence of up to 1 year in jail but no less than 48 hours; fine of up to $1,500 but no less than $1,250 plus 32% surcharge, court costs and $10 DARE surcharge; Substance abuse evaluation; drinking drivers course; restitution (if any).

An individual with an alcohol concentration under .15 when no accident resulting in bodily injury has occurred and no prior deferred judgment for OWI may be eligible for a deferred judgment which avoids jail time but still results in a $1,250 civil penalty, court costs; substance abuse evaluation; drinking drivers course; restitution; and probation for up to 1 year.

Misdemeanor Convictions

While misdemeanor convictions do not pose nearly the issues that felony convictions pose, they often have devistating effects on a person's life. Employers often run background checks, and when they do a misdemeanor is a criminal offense that will show up in the final report. Additionally, a misdemeanor can cause issues with obtaining clearances such as a security clearance or a child care center license particularly if the misdmeanor offense involved any violent or sexual crime.

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