What should I expect will happen to my driving privilege after I get my first DWI?
The ignition interlock can mean the difference between keeping your job and being unemployed.
CC by 2.0, Kyle May
Assuming you submitted to the breath test and there was no refusal (which may or may not be a good idea):
You’ve got two choices: 1) 30 day suspension followed by 60 day restricted driving privilege, or 2) take an immediate restricted driving privilege with ignition interlock device installed. You must request the immediate restricted driving privilege and submit proof of installation of the ignition interlock device. More information is here.
What if I am later convicted of the DWI? If I get 8 points on my license, don’t I get a suspension anyhow? I called the office of the General Counsel for the Department of Revenue about this very issue. The way they explained it: Yes, you get your 8-point suspension but if you already served your 90 day restricted driving privilege, you get credit for that time. In effect, you are not denied any additional time driving – at least not for this incident.
Several factors can complicate this scheme. Minors in possession, those with prior DWIs (even out of state), prior suspensions, CDL holders, DWIs resulting in accidents or injury, etc., should expect different outcomes.