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DUI Charges

After a motorist is arrested on suspicion of a DUI, it is up to the district attorney's office to file charges against the defendant. The exact nature of criminal charges related to drunk driving depends on a number of factors, including the defendant's prior convictions, the severity of the offense, the level of intoxication and whether the offense caused injury or death. This section covers the basics of a DUI offense, how a felony DUI differs from a misdemeanor DUI charge, various types of drunk driving offenses, a special section on boating under the influence and more. Also, check out FindLaw's Guide to DUI Charges for a printer-friendly reference about these charges, so you know what to avoid.