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Does A Particular Type Of Person Get OWI?


No, people from all walks of life get them, including judges and prosecutors. Obviously, the common working man, and everybody else at some point of their lives, sometimes takes a chance. Anybody who has been drinking for a few years would have driven home at one time or another when they were over the legal limit, although a lot of times it means that even if the person was not intoxicated, they would still have to face certain ramifications if they got stopped. It would be important to try and make sure someone did not lose their license if they were not a threat on the road or a threat to the community. I have handled cases involving everyone from 16-year olds to people close to 70.

Is There An Equal Number Of Men Versus Women Offenders?

There are probably more men than women, although there have been quite a few incidents where women have gotten OWI. OWI laws have been prosecuted more in the last 10 or 15 years than they used to be, and nobody gets a break anymore. Anyone who has been drinking will get pulled over. They will be asked to take a test, and if they fail or if the officer thinks that the person failed, then they would get written up regardless of whether they were male or female. Women can’t just bat their eyelashes and get away with it anymore, and nobody can talk their way out of it. The police are just very conservative now and they are probably told by their chiefs that they would get fired if they give people breaks, so now they just write up anybody when they are in doubt because they do not want to get fired.

How Is The Situation Different For Someone With A Commercial Driver’s License?

It would be a nightmare for someone with a commercial driver’s license because if they got a DUI, even if they were driving their own car to the grocery store when they were not working, then their license would still be treated like a CDL, a Commercial Driver’s License, and the penalties would be much more severe. It is not just that the penalties would be more severe, but the breath alcohol limit standard would be 0.04 for a commercial driver’s license to get a DUI, unlike normal driver’s license which would be a .08. The driver would not be allowed to have anything in their system and they would not be able to refuse the tests or else their CDL would be revoked.

They have much stricter laws, and in general, someone with a normal driver’s license would be able to get court supervision for speeding tickets and things like that, but with a commercial driver’s license everything would count against the person. I always advise people to opt for not getting a commercial driver’s license unless they really have to because they would be held to a very high standard, the punishment would be more severe and the margin would be much lower for punishing them. Someone who was driving for UPS would have to have a commercial license, but that is not something that someone would want to do by choice.

What Happens To People Who Are Under 21 Or Under 18?

People who are under 21 or under 18 are treated the same here. In Illinois, the person would be treated like an adult after 17, so they would be tried as an adult criminally and for DUIs. Although they would have the same penalties, they would get treated differently as far as getting court supervision. In our county, they do not give regular court supervision where the court supervision is supervised, so the person would have to abide by it on their honor. An organization would monitor whether fines and the school were paid before the supervision period ended, although for someone who was underage, they would put the person on supervised supervision if they give supervision at all. Supervised supervision means probation with a probation officer. The person would be specifically assigned to the probation department in the DUI unit, where they would have to come in much more frequently, get tested much more frequently, and there would be much harsher penalties all the way around, and eventually the insurance companies would make it very difficult for the person if they were that young.

How Are Military Cases Different?

There would be no difference whatsoever unless the person was able to get a prosecutor who was ex-military personnel and he felt like giving the person a break.

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