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Early morning arrest leads to woman facing felony DWI charges

Being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Arkansas can spark a litany of penalties and problems in the short and long-terms. Law enforcement is constantly watching the roads for drivers who are exhibiting what they believe to be behaviors consistent with intoxication and will not hesitate to make a traffic stop to investigate. When a person is subjected to a traffic stop and charged with DWI, there will be a great deal to think about. One of the most important factors in a case is to have a strong legal defense to combat the charges as strongly as possible. This is especially true if the person has previously been charged and convicted for DWI as the penalties grow worse for subsequent arrests and convictions.

A 55-year-old woman was arrested for DWI at around 1 a.m. when a sheriff's deputy alleged that he saw a Chevrolet Monte Carlo enter a parking lot. Upon stopping to check the vehicle, he spoke to the driver and her 49-year-old passenger, also a female. He smelled intoxicating substances and instructed them to exit the vehicle. The officer sought to give the driver field sobriety tests, but she refused to submit to them. The deputy stated that the woman's eyes were red and bloodshot. She also smelled of intoxicants, was slurring her words, and had difficulty remaining steady. She was given a breath test and her blood alcohol content came up at 0.179 percent. The woman has been convicted of DWI 12 times in the past. Six have been in the previous decade.

For people who are charged with DWI, there are many concerns they must address. Even for a first offense, there can be jail time, a substantial fine, and a loss of driving privileges. These penalties will increase each time the person is convicted of DWI. If the number reaches four or more within five years of the previous conviction, it will be a felony. People who are charged with DWI will frequently face other charges such as refusing to submit to BAC tests. While these charges are serious, it does not mean there is no avenue of defense. It is crucial to plan for that defense to void the heftiest penalties.

Given the significant penalties anyone confronted with felony DWI charges faces, it is imperative to lodge a strong defense with help from an attorney experienced in a wide variety of cases and situations.

Source: hotsr.com, "Woman arrested for 7th DWI in 10 years, has 12 prior convictions," Steven Mross, March 27, 2018

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