If you’re arrested for driving while intoxicated, you’ll be placed in a police cruiser and transported to a nearby police station, where you’ll be photographed and fingerprinted. In some places, if someone pays your bail and drives you home, you can go free immediately after entering prison.
However, in an increasing number of states, even first-time drunk driving offenders face mandatory jail time. Here are some things to know about what happens after you’ve been arrested for drunk driving so that you can walk free without going through much trouble.
- Tickets or summonses will be issued to you upon your arrest, which will advise you of the date you must appear in court to defend charges of driving while intoxicated. If you dispute the charges, enter a “not guilty” plea, and attempt to defend the case, you will almost certainly be shown a video of you failing the field sobriety test from either the officer’s dashboard camera or from the jail where you were processed.
- Even if you are convicted for the first time, your driving rights will be suspended or revoked for some time in most states. Your driving privileges will be severely limited despite your state offering a hardship license that allows you to go to work or school while your request is being denied or suspended.
- You will almost certainly face a fine as part of your punishment if convicted of driving while intoxicated. Although many states have legislation setting minimum and maximum fines for drunk driving, those fines can be increased in certain situations.
- Even if you are not sentenced to jail time for your DUI conviction, the judge will most likely impose you on probation, which the court will determine. You might be sent to prison if you do not follow the terms of your probation.
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