If you are pulled over and found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above you will likely be arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI) or a related offense. Depending on the circumstances, you may be charged with a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI. Your driving under the influence charges will depend on a variety of factors, from the number of prior offenses to the state in which the offense occurred.
If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, it is very important that you contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. To learn more about DUI charges, please continue reading.
Misdemeanor DUI. In this article we tell you what steps you may be able to take to avoid a felony DUI charge, and we discuss the penalties you may receive if you are charged with a misdemeanor DUI. In the absence of aggravating factors, first- and second-time DUI offenders are usually charged with a misdemeanor DUI. In some states even a third offense may result in a misdemeanor charge.
Felony DUI. This article tells you what you can expect if you get a DWI felony arrest charge. Typically this means some jail time as well as higher fines, a longer suspension of your driver's license, and other stiff penalties. This is why it is important to consult with a DUI attorney immediately.
DUI First Offense. Even a first DUI can result in life-changing consequences, but the penalties are usually much less severe than they are for subsequent DUI arrests. Most, but not all, first-time DUI offenders can expect to be charged with a misdemeanor DUI.
Repeat DUI Charges. Many states have set penalties for repeat DUI offenders. Though most second offenses result in a charge of misdemeanor DUI, habitual violator laws in some states require the judge to impose a jail sentence for any DUI repeat offense.
Your Legal Guide covers a range of other DUI topics as well. Please refer to the articles below for further information about driving under the influence.
- DUI lawyers
- Alcohol and drug rehabilitation
- DUI accidents
- DUI classes
- DUI penalties
- DUI jail time and sentencing
- License suspension
- Zero tolerance laws
- DUI fees
- DUI bail cost
- DUI defense
- DUI stops and searches
- Chemical and field sobriety tests
- DWD defenses
Your DUI charges may depend on any number of aggravating factors (things that weigh against you) or mitigating factors (things that weigh in your favor). DUI law varies by state, so it is critical that you contact a DWI lawyer who is familiar with the laws of the state in which you were arrested.