What's the difference between DWI and DUI?
Do I have to take a breath test?
All of the portable devices used by police have to be approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and should be problem-free if maintained and used correctly.
Whether you have the option to choose the test you take depends on the state you are in when stopped. Refusing to take a blood-alcohol test can have serious consequences, including suspension of your license and being prosecuted for drunk driving.
Do I have to submit to a field sobriety test?
Can I be stopped or arrested for DWI even if the vehicle was not moving?
What are the penalties for conviction?
The penalties for a DUI conviction will vary from state to state and depend, in a large part, on whether this is a first, second, third or subsequent conviction.
All states impose penalties that include some or all of the following:
- Fines, increasing with subsequent offenses
- Screening for substance abuse
- Community service
- Suspension of driver’s license, increasing with each offense
- Point charges against the defendant’s license up through revocation of the license for a predetermined period of time
- Felony conviction with jail or prison time for a third or subsequent conviction
If my driver's license is suspended, can I get it back?
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