What Is A DUI?

DUI Overview

Drinking and driving is a criminal offense that all states take seriously. Driving under the influence is commonly referred to by states as DUI or DWI. There are a variety of other acronyms state may use to describe DUI, such as:

  • DUII - driving under the influence of intoxicants
  • DUIL - driving under the influence of liquor
  • DWAI - driving while ability impaired
  • DWUI - driving while under the influence
  • OUI - operating under the influence
  • OUIL - operating under the influence of liquor
  • OVI - operating a vehicle while intoxicated
  • OWI - operating while intoxicated, operating while impaired

DUI Offenses

DUI penalties you may face with a conviction depend on the type of DUI offense and other factors.

Conviction of a first DUI offense can mean strict penalties that include fines, license suspension and jail sentence. Typically a first DUI is considered a misdemeanor. Each state's DUI laws set how many DUIs you may be convicted of before it's considered a felony DUI.

Whether your DUI offense is a misdemeanor or felony can also be determined by your blood alcohol level or if you were in an accident that injured or killed victims.

The more times you are convicted of a DUI, the more the DUI penalties increase, including higher fines, longer jail or even prison sentences, longer license suspension and additional penalties.

DUI Penalties

Each state has DUI penalties you will face if convicted, including but not limited to:

  • Fines
  • Drug and alcohol counseling classes
  • Ignition interlock system installed
  • High risk insurance
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Jail or prison sentence

Connect with a local DWI attorney today if you are facing charges for drinking and driving. Learn how DUI law could affect your case and what you can do to possibly challenge your DUI offense.


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