The four alcohol offenses directly related to alcohol related crimes, are driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), minor in possession of alcohol (MIP), open container laws, consuming alcohol in public places, and public intoxication, when public behavior is threatening or disturbing to others. DWI is the most serious and has the most severe penalty if convicted.
A DUI or DWI case begins with a simple traffic stop, one or more sobriety tests, and then, an arrest by a police officer. Once 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, severity of the offense, level of intoxication and whether the offense caused injury, aggravated DUI or death, felony DUI.
A DUI/DWI arrest is a very serious matter. It is not something to try to handle alone. A DUI arrest warrants the legal advice of a qualified DUI attorney like André A. Rouviere. DUI laws are highly centralized and specific and DUI cases are best handled by experienced DUI attorneys. André A. Rouviere will challenge specific aspects of your DUI charge based on his specialized knowledge of breathalyzers, blood tests and chemical testing procedures.
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