A DUI is an acronym for a criminal offense referring to Driving Under the Influence. This offense is punishable by law, and anyone who is found to be guilty of a DUI faces the charges in a court of law. Once the person is proven to be guilty, he or she faces a DUI conviction, wherein the sentencing may vary form imprisonment to community service.
When a person is charged with driving under the influence (of alcohol) or DUI, he or she has the option to enter a guilty or not guilty plea after being booked by the arresting officer. The prosecution’s legal counsel can offer a DUI plea bargain to the defendant if the latter pleads guilty. Usually, the prosecution presents the plea bargain as a reduced sentence or reduced charges, but it is possible that both can be part of the bargain. The defendant has the option to accept the DUI plea bargain, which is usually the case. Accepting a plea bargain allows the courts to manage a sufficient number of cases without being overburdened. The actual definition of DUI may vary from state to state but it usually involves having certain alcohol content above a set limit.
Once a person has had a DUI conviction in his or her criminal record, it remains on permanent record unless the court has it sealed or destroyed. The usual sentence for a DUI is short imprisonment time or community service, or even both. A DUI plea bargain is usually presented to an individual who has had no previous criminal record.