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Aiding and Abetting Driving While Impaired

How your “Designated Driver” can cost you your license.

An individual can be charged with Aiding and Abetting a DWI when they allow another person to drive their car while that person is under the influence of alcohol.  If the driver is stopped and charged with a DWI while the owner of the vehicle is in the car, then the owner will probably be charged with Aiding and Abetting Driving While Impaired.  We see this happen sometimes where a friend is “better off to drive” and takes his friends keys.  If the driver is stopped and charged with DWI, the passenger/car owner may find themselves in handcuffs as well.

When charged with Aiding and Abetting a DWI it is extremely important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney.  A conviction for Aiding and Abetting a DWI carries the same punishment as a Level 5 Driving While Impaired conviction and may result in loss of driving privileges.  A level 5 punishment may consist of  minimum imprisonment of 24 hours, maximum imprisonment of 60 days, and a maximum fine of $200.  The jail sentence can be suspended if the defendant does at least 24 hours of community service or 24 hours in jail.  The defendant convicted of Aiding and Abetting must also obtain a substance abuse assessment and complete any recommendations from that assessment, just as if they were convicted of Driving While Impaired.

If you or someone you care about is facing a Aiding and Abetting DWI charge, contact us today, we can help!

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