Commonly Asked Questions about DUIs
DUIs are a frequent cause for traffic stops throughout the state of Georgia and thousands of people are arrested each year for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. While DUIs are a common occurrence, many people, especially first-time offenders, do not understand the ramifications of a DUI conviction or the terminology used during a DUI case. Some of the most commonly asked questions about DUIs that we have heard from clients at our Fayetteville law firm include:
- What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?
Both of these acronyms are used to describe the act of driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. DUI is driving under the influence, while DWI is driving while intoxicated or impaired.
- What does BAC stand for?
BAC stands for blood alcohol concentration and a BAC percentage is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in a person’s system. To test a person’s BAC, breathalyzers and bloods tests may be administered. The level of your BAC during a DUI stop will greatly affect the severity of the charges.
- Will a DUI go on my criminal record?
A DUI is a criminal offense, so it will go on your record. The severity of the DUI charge will determine, however, if it will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
- Is a DUI charged as a misdemeanor or felony?
DUIs can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the stop. If for example, you are a first-time offender with a low BAC, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. Alternately, if you are stopped for a DUI while your license is suspended, have a child in the car, or have caused an accident resulting in injury or death, your DUI will likely be charged as a felony.
Are you facing a DUI conviction? Don’t go into this battle alone. Come to Overman and Overman Law to learn how our team of attorneys can represent your interests and help you get back on track. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.