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Learn What Steps to Take After a DUI

Steps to Take After a DUI - The Bergand Group

Someone who experiences being detained for driving under the influence may wonder what the next steps are. The process can seem daunting, often involving court dates, program attendance, and a myriad of other appointments and obligations that demand immediate attention. This post discusses some of the steps to take after a DUI.

Difference Between DUI and DWI

There are many similarities between DUIs and DWIs. However, each one is distinguishable from the other because of a few critical details.


The acronym “DUI” stands for “Driving Under the Influence.” It is typically used for anyone driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol but also describes when someone has taken illegal drugs or prescription medications before operating a car. Many states have a per se offense, meaning that the person is considered intoxicated once they reach a certain blood-alcohol concentration, even if they do not appear impaired.


The acronym “DWI” stands for “Driving While Intoxicated.” In some instances, it stands for “Driving While Impaired.” DUI and DWI are often used interchangeably. Any level of impairment opens up the possibility of criminal charges in certain places. Other forms of impairment include driving while sleeping, driving while physically unable to operate the vehicle, and other situations that blur the driver’s focus.

General Steps to Take After a DUI

For anyone issued a DUI, one of the first steps is getting their driver’s license back, which is usually revoked. People are often required to apply for a new license. Additionally, most people have to attend and complete some form of alcohol and drug treatment. The treatment sometimes coincides with the DUI program they are required to take, but these two courses also come separately.

The best thing for them to do is get their license and required courses completed as quickly as possible. The sooner they can get back on the road, the better. Most alcohol programs are about 12 hours, so it shouldn’t take too long complete. Along with the DUI course, getting their driver’s licenses back, and completing any other stipulations made by the judge in their case, it is possible to complete everything in as little as a few months.

Call the Bernard Group today and learn steps to take after a DUI. Despite being a difficult time, drug and alcohol abusers can get through this rough patch quicker and easier with our help.

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