Have a DUI? Wondering what you can do about it?
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What is a DUI?
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and DWI means Driving While Impaired. Both laws concern charges for driving while affected by alcohol.
What about driving while influenced by drugs?
Yes, you can receive a DUI or DWI while under the influence of a drug, whether it is legal or not, or whether it has been prescribed or not. It is possible to be charged with driving under the influence of an over-the-counter drug like a cold medication, or even caffeine, if the drug impairs your driving.
Are all DUI laws the same in the US?
No, drunk driving laws are made state by state, although all 50 states impose fines for DUI convictions. Subsequent convictions carry higher fines and penalties.
What happens if it's my first arrest?
In most cases, you must file a request for a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to avoid automatically losing your license. There is a time limit for this filing, and you may want to contact a DUI attorney for assistance.
Even if your license is suspended, it may be possible to get a restricted license to drive to work.
When my case goes to trial, what does the State, or prosecutor, use as evidence in a DUI case?
Evidence can include such things as physical signs and symptoms of the driver, field sobriety tests, blood and urine tests, and the manner in which the car was being driven.
If I'm convicted, can it ever be removed from my record?
Clearing your record of a conviction is called 'expungement'. This is often a good idea because it can avoid credit or employment problems.
If you're interested in expunging your record, it's best to contact a lawyer in the jurisdiction where you were convicted to see what can be done. Some states do not allow expungement.
Remember, many laws and legal procedures are local, so local attorneys are often an advantage.