An increasing number of drivers are stopped for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol each year. It is important to understand your rights should you be accused of a DUI. For most success, it is vital to work with a DUI defense attorney who is experienced in representing clients in your situation.
At our Paoli law firm, we understand the legal ramifications of a DUI charge and our team is here to fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients have many questions regarding DUIs with some of the most common being:
- Does a DUI go on my criminal record?
DUIs are a criminal offenses, so yes it will go on your criminal record. There are several factors that will determine if the charge remains on your record for the rest of your life. This will depend on the severity, if it was a first-time offense, and if an accident resulted from the illicit behavior.
Are DUIs classified as misdemeanors or felonies?
The severity of a DUI will determine whether or not the charge is classified as a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor DUIs typically apply to people who have no prior convictions. Also if they had a low blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, and no personal injuries occurred as a result of the DUI. Felony DUIs involve a high BAC level, prior convictions, personal injury, or occur while driving with a child in the car.
Is there a difference between a DUI and a DWI?
The acronym DUI stands for driving under the influence. DWI stands for driving while impaired or intoxicated. Both terms are used interchangeably to describe driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
We are here to answer any questions you may have about your DUI case. Contact us at LHS Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI defense attorneys.