Drivers are more or less aware that driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) have very drastic consequences. However, good drivers need to know the different penalties associated with DUI cases especially if they find themselves in trouble.
This is especially important as drivers can still get in trouble even if no one is harmed in DUI-related accidents. However, the mere fact that drunk driving, in whatever form, can result in the loss of life means there have to be strict rules in penalizing people who drive under the influence.
However, before reading further, readers are advised that these penalties are not the only penalties involved in DWI and DUI cases, aside from a stain in a driver’s record. Regardless, drivers that are penalized for these cases are subjected to some commonly-used penalties.
Beginner drivers, for instance, can be subjected to an alcohol awareness class or a DUI “school.” These penalties are more or less inclined towards therapy and educating drivers about the risks that involves DUI. Some may want this penalty instead of harsher penalties such as fines and even imprisonment.
Some laws have mandatory alcohol education laws, meaning some offenders may have to complete a program before getting their privileges back. There are various considerations for “alcoholism school,” which involves things such as the driver’s blood alcohol content when he or she was arrested, if said driver has a previous record of attending such a program, or if someone was harmed.
Other drivers have ignition interlock devices. These sophisticated pieces of technology require drivers to breathe into a tube to make sure they are not intoxicated before driving their vehicles.
Some states leave it to the judge’s discretion to actually have these devices installed in the cars of some offenders. However, there’s a growing number of states that make these devices mandatory for offenders.
Severe penalties include the car being impounded. This is a bummer, because there are other, more stricter regulations in making sure you can get your car back.
Impounding generally happens only after second or third DUI/DWI offenses in a certain time period. Drivers in question more or less have to file for an appeal through the civil court after their car gets impounded. However, these laws differ per state. Of course, drivers can also be sentenced to stay in prison under specific conditions of DWI or DUI cases.
Regardless of what these penalties entail, these penalties can get harsher if the offender has been doing these offenses on a regular basis.
Curious drivers are recommended to check the specifics of their state laws for a more precise definition and enumeration of these said penalties.