It seems like every few days a new national or local celebrity is in the news for a DUI. Just as recently as November 9, 2014, an assistant baseball coach from Anderson University was jailed after being accused of driving under the influence in Greenville. Officials said a car full of people were involved in a fatal collision.
The man allegedly at fault, Riley Christopher McDermott, was charged with a felony DUI resulting in death, which his arrest warrant spells out. Officials say McDermott crossed the centerline of the road in his Ford pickup, resulting in a head-on collision with a Nissan Altima. The driver of the other Nissan lost his life, while McDermott awaits his fate.
What is a DUI?
DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol or other impairing drugs is considered a criminal offense in all 50 states, and includes the District of Columbia. Different states may refer to the charge as “driving under the influence (DUI),” “driving while intoxicated (DWI),” or some other name. Regardless of title this offense is taken very seriously and punished accordingly. Roughly 40 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths are alcohol-related to some degree, according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
What happens after a DUI?
If you’re facing possible charges for a DUI, you should be aware of the process and know your rights. The process is pretty standard and includes the following steps:
- Traffic Stop
- Preliminary Hearing
At the sentencing hearing, the court will establish what kind of punishments or penalties will be enacted because of your offense. Depending on what state you live in, you may be subject any one or all of the following typical consequences for a first offense:
- Temporary impounding of your vehicle
- A fine of up to several thousand dollars
- Installation of an ignition lock that prevents your car from starting if you’ve been drinking
- Possible jail time
A DUI conviction can have serious and long-term outcomes in your life. You only have 15 days from the you are arrested to keep your license. At the Law Office of Robert R. Robles, Mr. Robles offers a detailed and thorough examination of all drunk driving cases. Contact us in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for more information and your free initial consultation.