Snakes Gould wrote:
sounds like someone got caught behind the wheel once or twice
Close; I was in the car when my friend was pulled over for DUI. We were both drinking heavily at a friends house and he was pulled over for "driving on the wrong side of the road." Turns out it was a wide side street with no paint, but that didn't much matter. He was pulled over, given a FST, breathalized and booked. He blew a .11. The legal limit in PA at the time was a .10. They soon switched to .08 to avoid losing federal highway funding.
It wasn't cool; and by that I mean us drinking and him driving. We shouldn't have done it. But we went to a small school in a rural town without any means of public transport. No excuse, I know... but he got the DUI nonetheless.
He got a lawyer who he said he paid about $1200 total, but it helped get him the ARD (accelerated rehabilitative deposition). This had certain caveats...
He lost his license for 6 months instead of a year. He had to pay (about an additional $1200) in court costs and classes fees, to learn about how stupid it is to drink and drive. Losing your license doesn't just very from state to state, but municipality to municipality. I've heard of DUI offenders losing their license for less than 3 months. Others have gotten those blowers installed in their vehicles if they need to drive for work (but a hardship must be proven).
But the good news is that in this state, he's given a second chance. Good old PA; hard on pot, soft on booze. There's no moral, it sucks no matter what your situation. But I do know one thing: a DUI is never a felony charge. The letter is probably one of hundreds issued to local DUI offenders. If property damage is involved, restitution is always a necessity. But I don't think it would ever bump it to a felony. Someone would have to be seriously injured for that.
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....