If you get arrested for a DUI, you're generally better off if you're represented in court by an attorney. Read about the differences between public defenders, private DUI attorneys, and representing yourself.
When you plea guilty or no contest to a DUI charge, the judge will find you guilty and the court clerk will enter a conviction. This conviction is exactly the same as a conviction resulting from a guilty verdict at trial. Generally, DUIs are misdemeanor criminal offenses. But if the offender has multiple prior DUI convictions or the current offense involves aggravating factors like deaths or injuries, a DUI can be a felony.
In every state, drunk driving is illegal. But states use lots of different names for driving under the influence, including DUI, DWI, OWI, and DWAI. However, the names generally don't make much of a difference.
Whenever police arrest someone for driving under the influence (DUI) or any other crime, they write a police report summarizing the reasons for the arrest. Police reports are normally the starting point for prosecutors and defense attorneys in evaluating a DUI case.
How substance abuse evaluations factor into DUI cases, including who must be evaluated, how much evaluations cost, and what kinds of programs and treatment might be required subsequent to an evaluation.
Considering that “impaired drivers” cause one-third of the traffic fatalities (over 12,000 a year), and also considering the fact that alcohol related crime is estuimated to cost over $200 billion a year, it’s a wonder that states have not criminalized the act of serving alcohol to inebriated patrons. Actually, they have.