Most Americans understand that when a motorist is pulled over and it is determined that that motorist has been driving while under the influence that he or she will be charged with drunk driving. What some Americans may be surprised to learn however, is that not all drunk driving charges are considered to be equally egregious.
The law recognizes that some drunk driving situations are more dangerous than others. Certainly, every time a motorist operates a vehicle while illegally intoxicated, some potential risk is involved in that activity. However, DUI laws classify certain drunk driving scenarios differently based primarily on how dangerous they either might be or have proven to be.