DWI Consequences: The Rich and Famous are Accountable Too

Posted by Ryan Russman | Oct 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a widespread problem that resides within the national consciousness. From Lindsay Lohan to former President George W. Bush, no one is immune from the consequences that a DWI conviction.

Famous People Arrested for DWI

President Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney are perhaps the two most powerful and famous people who have been arrested and convicted for DWI.

Also, in the 70's, Arkansas' famous red-nosed Wilbur Mills –one of the most powerful men in Congress as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee — was involved in an embarrassing DWI incident.

And it's hard to forget the tragic public figure of an alcoholic Joan Kennedy, former wife of Congressman Ted Kennedy, arrested four times for DWI.

The list goes on: Kelsey Grammer, Chevy Chase, Axl Rose, Darryl Strawberry, Paris Hilton, Nichole Richie and Ray Liotta.

Consequences of DWI Arrests

In just a few careless moments, the lives of all those famous people were forever changed, just like the lives of anyone else who has been arrested for DWI.  Once actually convicted of DWI, the consequences are numerous and long-lasting.

Your family will suffer right along with you.How do you tell your friends and family that you've been arrested for DWI? You will feel embarrassed, humiliated and fearful.

If convicted, what effect will it have on your job and professional career? It's possible that you will lose your job. It's equally possible that the DWI conviction will prevent you from getting a job you really desire in the future as the conviction clouds your permanent record.

How much money will it cost you? There are legal fees and fines, car repairs, rehab programs and court costs, all of which are your responsibility. It can end up costing you a small fortune.

How will your mobility be impacted with a license that has been suspended or revoked for months or years? If mass transit is not available where you live, you are going to be spending a lot of time looking for a ride to get anywhere?

And the biggest question of all, how will you cope with your loss of freedom if you're given jail time? It's hard to know.

New Hampshire DWI Attorney

Unfortunately, New Hampshire is not immune to drunk drivers. If you are arrested for DWI, the first thing you should do is call a specialized DWI attorney. You may not be able to avoid all of the consequences of a DWI arrest, but an experienced DWI lawyer will be able to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected and help you get your life back on track.

About the Author

Ryan Russman

Attorney Ryan Russman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of New Hampshire citizens. His practice, based in Exeter (Rockingham County) New Hampshire, is limited to cases involving DWI and DUI, other motor vehicle and criminal cases, and many cases involving personal injury. He is, however, best known as one of New Hampshire's leading legal authorities on DWI.


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