A feature of American law is that it’s difficult to make bold general statements about requirements and penalties. They vary from federal to state law and differ from state to state. But it is safe to say that it is pretty much always bad news when a drunk driver is stopped and charged, across the country.
The punishment for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) varies from state to state, and depends on whether it’s a first or subsequent offense. As you can see, even the charge’s name is not uniform. Rest assured, however, that it’s a hassle to deal with a charge wherever you are, and that in some states you’ll really feel the pain.