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DUI charges can come with criminal and administrative penalties

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner. This means that there are going to be ample parties going on. If you are going to partake of alcoholic beverages at these parties, make sure that you find a way home before you take that first sip. You don't want your Fourth fun to end with you sitting in a jail cell for drunk driving.

We know that everyone makes mistakes. There isn't any good reason why one mistake should change your life in a dramatic manner. If you are facing charges for driving drunk, there is a very good chance that you are going to face some penalties for this.

Whether you are facing an underage DUI or a regular DUI, you need to learn about the options that you have for your defense. This might include working toward a pretrial diversion program or entering into a plea agreement. Knowing what the possibilities are can help you to decide which choices you are willing to consider.

Besides the criminal aspect of a drunk driving charge, you also have to think about the administrative penalties that you face. You might be looking at a driver's license suspension. As you can imagine, this can have a negative impact on your independence and freedom since you won't be able to drive. It can affect your ability to get work or class. While there isn't any guarantee that you won't lose your license, you should find out about options that you have quickly because time limits to apply to many of these steps.

Source: Daniels & Rothman, P.C., "DUI," accessed June 23, 2017