On my ticket the officer didn't write "enhanced OWI" it's just "OWI" with ordinance number 257.625 (1) does this mean I will just be charged with regular OWI? My lawyer told me she feels that's a good thing. However I've only spoke with her once and she hasn't seen the ticket or arraignment paper. It also doesn't say enhanced on the arraignment paper. Just looking for more opinions.
Your official charge is not what's on the ticket the officer wrote. It will be the charge the city attorney or prosecutor authorizes. You will find this out at your arraignment or your attorney may be able to find out before then. Keep in contact with your attorney throughout your court proceedings. Good luck.
What is on the ticket is only preliminary for a drunk driving case. It can change when the prosecutor reviews the evidence and decides what the charges should be. It's good that you already have a lawyer, let them do their job.
This is a general answer for informational purposes and should not be taken as actual legal advice. The questioner is NOT a client. If I answer that you should talk to a lawyer, I mean it.
The ticket does control here. The prosecutor will authorize what ever he or she thinks he or she can prove. You should not read ANYTHING into what the officer wrote on the ticket accept that that will be the minimum charge. What ever the arraigned charge is will be a better indication. But beware as the prosecutor can amend charges all the way up to trial.
Years licensed, work experience, education
Peer endorsements, associations, awards
Publications, speaking engagements