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Understanding DUI/DWI Conviction: What Happens and How to Defend Yourself


Today, let us talk about a serious topic that affects many people: DUI/DWI convictions. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, while DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated. These charges can have significant legal consequences, but we are here to try to break it down for you in a way that is easy to understand.

What is DUI/DWI?

DUI/DWI happens when someone operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Legal Consequences:

Getting convicted for DUI/DWI can lead to a lot of legal consequences. Here are some of the key things you might face if convicted of DUI/DWI:

Jail Time: You could end up behind bars, affecting your freedom and daily life.

License Suspension: Your driving privileges will be suspended. The length of time is determined by how many DUI convictions you have on your record.

Fines: You will have to pay fines, which are also dependant on how many DUI convictions you have on your record.

Probation: You will be placed on probation, where you have to follow specific rules set by the court and the probation office.

Ignition Interlock Device: This is a device that is installed on your car that you blow into and if there is any alcohol on your breath it will not allow you to start your car. This can be required depending on the facts of your case and the number of DUI convictions on your record.

Defense Tactics:

Now, let us talk about defense tactics that could help you if you ever find yourself facing a DUI/DWI charge. Remember, it is crucial to consult with a qualified attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. Here, at Donley Law Firm our attorney has 10 years of experience protecting client’s rights and ensuring the best possible outcomes for their cases.

Challenge the Stop: The police must have a valid reason to pull you over. If they did not, it could be a crucial point in your defense.

Question Field Sobriety Tests: Field sobriety tests are tests used by law enforcement officers to help them determine if you are too drunk to drive. Your attorney may question the accuracy of these tests and may be able to challenge whether or not they should have been given in the first place.

Question Breathalyzer Accuracy: Breathalyzer tests are commonly used to measure blood alcohol levels based on you breathing into a machine. However, these devices can sometimes be inaccurate or not have been certified in the proper time period. Your attorney may challenge the reliability of the results.

Investigate Police Procedures: Your attorney may review the police procedures during the arrest to ensure that your rights were not violated.

Medical Conditions: Some medical conditions can have the same signs as being drunk. Your attorney may explore whether any health issues contributed to your arrest.


In conclusion, DUI/DWI arrests come with serious legal consequences, but there are defense tactics that could help. It is essential to stay informed and, if needed, contact William L. Donley III, Esq. at Donley Law Firm who has 10 years of DUI/DWI defense experience to be in your corner. Remember, everyone makes mistakes, and it is crucial to address them responsibly. Stay safe, follow the rules of the road, and make wise decisions when it comes to alcohol and driving.

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