Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI)

If you are stopped for a suspected DUI, know your rights and obligations.

The penalties for a DUI conviction vary widely, from fines and jail time to license revocation and more.

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about drunk driving charges.

Most jurisdictions define a handful of other laws that relate to the possession and consumption of alcohol.

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  • Drunk Driving Defenses
    Defending against drunk driving charges often relies on showing inaccuracies in the equipment and in field sobriety tests, or in demonstrating that the evidence is insufficient to support conviction.
  • Refusing a Field Sobriety Test
    A police officer may ask a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated to engage in field sobriety tests, but in most states, these tests are voluntary, and you have a right to refuse to participate.
  • Public Intoxication
    Public intoxication, or appearing drunk and disorderly in public, is a misdemeanor in most states. While fines or probation may result from a conviction, jail time is unlikely.
  • License Suspension/Revocation
    Your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked as a penalty for a DUI arrest, a DUI conviction, or a refusal to submit to blood alcohol testing.
  • Repeat DUI Offenses
    Most states impose increasingly harsh penalties on subsequent DUI/DWI convictions, such as imprisonment, large fines, and suspension or revocation of one’s driver’s license. Depending on the state, other additional penalties may be imposed, as well.
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