Plea Guilty v. Alternative Disposition
|Penalties Imposed If You Plea Guilty||2nd Offense DWI|
|Jail||60 days – 2 1/2 years (30 days must be served)|
|Fine||$600 to $10000|
|Additional Fees||Head Injury: $250 / Victim Fee: $50|
|License Suspension||2 yr|
|Hardship License||Eligible after 1 yr|
|Alternative Disposition Penalties||2nd Offense DWI (Only Outside 10 yrs)|
|Fees||Head Injury: $250 / Victim Fee: $50|
|License Suspension||45 – 90 days / Under 21 drivers lose license for 210 days|
|Hardship License||Eligible 3 days after entry of CWOF|
|Driver Alcohol Education Program||Required|
Benefits of an alternative disposition:
1. Continuance Without a Finding (CWOF): It’s not technically a conviction, so if asked by a someone if you’ve ever been convicted, then you can honestly say “no.”
2. Penalties are less harsh
Cons of an alternative disposition:
1. It can possibly show up on some background checks.
2. If you’re ever charged with another OUI, it will be counted against you as a prior OUI conviction.
3. Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) counts a CWOF as an OUI conviction for suspension purposes.
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