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DUI Basics

It is a crime in every state to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Whether the offense is called a DUI, a DWI or even an OMVI, the basics of a drunk offense are virtually the same throughout the country. This section provides a general overview of drunk driving offenses, including concise summaries of various DUI topics, as well as a comparison of two drunk driving cases from arrest through sentencing. Also included is an article on the elements of a drunk driving case and how police officers collect evidence used as the basis for DUI charges. Also, check out FindLaw's Guide to DUI Charges for a printer-friendly reference about these charges, so you know what to avoid.

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