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DUI/Driving Under the Influence

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and occurs when someone is
operating, or is in actual physical control, of a motor vehicle while
under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance to the
extent that their mental faculties are impaired and/or their blood
alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit. Even for a first
offense, penalties can include license suspension, substantial fines,
community service, mandatory attendance at a state or DMV approved
alcohol program, mandatory overnight incarceration and the required
installation (at the offender’s expense) of a car ignition locking
device. In addition, a DUI conviction stays on a DMV record for several
years, it typically results in higher insurance premiums, and an
offender may become ineligible for credit. A DUI can also
jeopardize your employment opportunities.

However, if someone was injured as a result of the drunken driving
accident, it is possible the defendant will be charged with a felony
(and if the victim dies, the driver may be charged with vehicular
manslaughter). Further, a DUI conviction will likely be raised to a
felony if it is the driver’s fourth DUI offense or the driver has had a
prior felony DUI offense within 10 years of the new charge.