Yes. Drunk driving is not a mere traffic citation; it is a criminal offense. A drunk driving conviction will go on your criminal record.
When you are pulled over for drunk driving, there are a number of different crimes you can be charged with. Most states will charge you with a DUI (driving under the influence). However, under some circumstances, your charge may be reduced to a lesser crime. Each state has a different set of possible charges:
Other states charge drunk drivers with the offense of Operating Under the Influence (OUI) or Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). Many states also have a criminal law covering deaths caused by DUI. You may also face other charges such as hit-and-run, depending on the circumstances.
If you are arrested for drunk driving, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
If you are a victim of a drunk driving accident, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer immediately to learn how to get compensation for your injuries.
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