As with any criminal charge, a person charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) is presumed innocent until proven guilty through the defendant's own plea or after a jury trial. Any penalty will depend on state law, as well as circumstances, such as the presence of an open bottle of liquor in the car and the defendant's cooperation with the police.
Drivers who are younger than 21 years old are generally prohibited from driving after consuming alcohol. State laws that prohibit underage drink and driving go by different names such as “zero-tolerance,” “underage DUI,” and “minor DUI.”
When a DUI charge is reduced to a reckless driving charge, it's sometimes called a "wet reckless." A wet reckless is generally considered a good plea deal in a DUI case because the penalties are less severe than they are for a DUI conviction.
Electronic ankle bracelets can be used to monitor the location and even alcohol consumption of the wearer. When these devices monitor alcohol consumption, they are often called “continuous remote alcohol monitoring” (SCRAM) bracelets
Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are breathalyzers that are wired to a car’s ignition and prevent a motorist from driving when breath alcohol is detected. Read more about IIDs and when DUI offenders are required to use them.