Article provided by: William C. Head, PC
DUI is an acronym of Driving Under Influence. Unfortunately, dozens of people every day are charged with this crime. It is a reckless action. However, as attorneys that believe in justice, we think you should get a serious legal defense by your side. Thus, in this small guide, we will explain what a DUI is, what’s the difference between DUI and DWI, and why you should take it seriously.
DUI legal definition
Although most people have a general idea of what is a DUI, they are not entirely sure about the factual definition. Any individual driving a motorized vehicle or a vehicle with a drive train under the influence of a substance can be charged with a DUI. In case you were wondering, yes, this can even include driving a lawnmower. So, don’t lawn your backyard after drinking a few beers! If you’re caught driving while on the influence of a substance, you can be charged with this crime. Substances not only include illegal drugs but even prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
If you are arrested for a DUI must understand that it is a serious crime and you require experienced legal representation.
Consequences of a DUI offense
One of the most common misconceptions of DUI is that it is not a serious affair. On the contrary, if not handled carefully, it can have severe legal consequences. For example:
- A DUI can be a felony. If it’s your first DUI conviction, it will likely be a misdemeanor. Still, after several convictions, you can be charged with a felony and, thus, spend time in prison. In some US states, even if it’s your first offense, you can be charged with a felony if you have a high BAC.
- You must expect financial responsibilities. You must pay a court bond to be released, to get your car, and for towing charges. You have to pay your attorney, and, of course, probably a fine. A DUI can cost you thousands of dollars.
- Your license can likely be suspended for 3 to 12 months, or even revoked. If it’s a first offense and a misdemeanor, it will likely be suspended for 90 days. Still, it can vary from state to state, the circumstances of the offense, and your record.
- You will pay more for your car insurance.
- It is a criminal offense, so you will likely be placed on probation.
- You will probably have to receive substance use disorder treatment.
- A DUI will stay on your record for job, military, college, and insurance application for 5-7 years in mild cases. When it involves seriously injuring someone, it will be on your record forever.
DUI vs DWI
If you’re wondering what is DWI, it’s basically the same as DUI. It is an acronym for Driving While Intoxicated. It’s the same concept, but some states qualify it as DW or OUI (operating under the influence) instead of DUI.
DUI is a crime you must do everything to avoid. If you made a mistake and find yourself in a DUI case, Call William C Head for a free legal consultation: 404-567-5515