DUI Law: Overview

If you drive or operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, you will be charged with DUI(driving under the influence). Especially, DUI is an offense in every state. In some states the offense is referred to as driving while intoxicated or DWI. You will also be charged with DUI or DWI if you are caught driving or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of narcotic drugs and certain prescription drugs.

Click on the following links to know more about the DUI/DWI law.

A. DUI / DWI General Information

B. Different Types of DUI/DWI

  • Felony DUI/DWI: Most DUI/DWI offenses are misdemeanors. However some DUI/DWI offenses are felony offenses.
  • Aggravated DUI/DWI: The presence of certain factors can result in the charge of an aggravated DUI/DWI which carries harsher penalties.
  • BUI – Boating under the influence.
  • Biking under the influence: You will be violating the law if you are caught riding or operating a motor bike or any other vehicle while under the influence.

C. Penalties

  • DUI/DWI School: In some states, a DUI/DWI conviction will require the person to enroll in a DUI/DWI school.
  • Impounding: In some states the vehicle can be impounded by the state.
  • Ignition Interlock: DUI/DWI offenders may sometimes be required to install ignition interlock device which will prevent them from operating the vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration is above a predetermined limit.
  • SCRAM Bracelets: The courts can order the convicted DUI/DWI offender to wear an electronic device to monitor alcohol consumption.

D. DUI/DWI Stop and Arrest

  • DUI/DWI Stops: Constitutional requirements for a valid DUI/DWI stop or check point.

E. Others

  • Dram Shop Laws: A brief discussion on the liability / responsibility  of liquor purveyors (i.e. bar owners, drinking establishments, etc.) when it comes the damages caused by people they have served alcohol to.
  • Social Host Liability law: In some states, the host of the party or establishment  maybe held liable for any accidents or injuries that their guests may have been involved in.

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