When someone drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they run the risk of getting a DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge. Whether the charge is considered a DUI or a DWI depends on state laws. In some states the terms are interchangeable, while in others a DWI refers to a driver charged with driving while their blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit and a DUI refers to a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As confusing as the legalities surrounding DUIs and DWIs seem, the important thing to remember is that both are illegal and both are unsafe.

What Steps Should be Taken After Receiving a DUI/DWI Charge?

After being charged, there are several steps to take after a DUI. In addition to complying with the arresting officer(s) and submitting to field sobriety tests, it’s best to follow the steps outlined below.

1. Obtain Legal Counsel

The legal process can be hard to navigate after receiving a DUI and the chances of severe backlash from the incident may be minimized with legal representation.

2. Attend a Court Date

When being charged with a DUI, the arresting officer provides the driver with a summons to appear in court. Attending the court date is crucial to clearing one’s name and with legal representation, it’ll go much smoother.

3. Carry Out the Sentence

A DUI sentence may involve paying fines, doing community service, alcohol education classes or even jail time. Complying with the terms of your sentence is crucial to getting your license back and avoiding further punishment.

4. Comply With the State’s Insurance Laws

In some instances, insurance carriers will cancel an insurance policy after a driver has been charged with a DUI or DWI. In the event insurance is canceled, there are often terms to comply with in order to obtain valid insurance again.

Post-DUI Alcohol Education Programs

After receiving a DUI, most offenders will be required to complete a 12-hour alcohol education program and at The Bergand Group, we’re proud to offer continual enrollment programs that satisfy these requirements. Some offenders who require additional support may also wish to enroll in our DUI/DWI aftercare groups and continuing education classes. For more information on these programs, please contact The Bergand Group today.

We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others who are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.