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I did not get a ticket...
If you were arrested for drunk driving but did not get a ticket, don't think your case has disappeared! It's very likely that you're a repeat offender or the police are charging you with something else. The reason you did not get a ticket is likely because the police are seeking a warrant through the prosecutor's office.
Typically, local police will not immediately charge a second or third offender because the enhanced provisions for repeat offenders are state law charges. The accused may not be arraigned before a judge or be required to post a bond. This does not mean that the charge has been dismissed. Instead, the charge has been referred to the local state prosecuting attorney's office for an arrest warrant.
The state prosecutor's office may take upwards of two to three months to process a warrant for OWI 2nd or OWI 3rd. During the first 14 to 30 days following an arrest, most videotape evidence is routinely destroyed. If you wait until the warrant has been approved, some of the most critical evidence has likely already been destroyed.
If you're facing an enhanced drunk driving charge, contact an attorney immediately and ensure that evidence is preserved for your defense.