What Happens Legally to a Driver in a Drunk Driving Car Accident?

When drunk drivers are involved in car accidents, they are often arrested for DUI and can be charged with various criminal offenses. Penalties can include steep fines, license suspension, and even jail time. However, getting charged with DUI does not mean a drunk driver is automatically liable in civil court for any injuries suffered in the accident – and not facing charges or conviction does not mean they are automatically off the hook in a civil suit.