DUI Charges

In an average year, over one million drivers will be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. After a motorist is arrested on suspicion of a DUI, it's 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. FindLaw’s DUI Charges section has information on the different levels of DUI, as well as some of the common defenses and likely penalties resulting from a conviction.