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While drunk driving arrests are all too common, each DUI case is unique, meaning the possible penalties you could face when charged with drunk driving will vary depending on the specifics of your case. There are, however, some general rules that prosecutors and courts follow when charging, plea bargaining, and punishing DUI offenses.

Here's a look at some of the most common questions regarding DUI penalties, and the most common punishments for DUI convictions.

What to Know About Nevada's New DUI Law

In most states, after you receive a DUI but before your court date, you are occasionally allowed to drive for about 30 days after the arrest, pending trial. Sometimes, in extreme cases, such as felony DUI, a temporary license won't be issued. But for the most part, you are innocent until proven guilty. But not in Nevada. Starting October 1, the state changed its DUI laws, requiring an interlock device after arrest.

It was inevitable. We've seen DUIs on ATVs and wheelchairs; on horseback and horse-and-buggy carts; on forklifts, tractors, and motorized shopping carts. So once people started tooling around cities on electric scooters, this story started writing itself.

According to authorities, Nicholas Kauffroath was riding a Bird electric scooter on a sidewalk in West Los Angeles with a blood alcohol level of approximately 0.279 (over three times the legal limit) when he knocked down a pedestrian and neglected to stop or find help. Thus, Nicholas becomes perhaps the country's first scooting under the influence arrest.

Can You Avoid a DUI Checkpoint If You're on a Scooter?

In a fantastic testament to the human spirit, people who choose to drink are increasingly more aware of drinking and driving. And the ride-sharing companies of the world thank you for that. But what about the new scooter rental companies? Can you legally drive a scooter while intoxicated? And the answer to that is, it depends.

Do You Have to Post Bail for a DUI?

Most people arrested for a DUI are begging to have their bail established and posted as soon as humanly possible to get out of jail, the holding cell, or "the drunk tank." But what if you aren't in a hurry, or what if you don't have the bail money, and aren't feeling too good about asking anyone else for it. Do you have to post bail if arrested for a DUI? Absolutely not.

When Should You Fire Your DUI Lawyer?

Driving under the influence is a very serious charge, and may represent one of the worst decisions you've ever made. And now you need to make one of the best -- choosing your attorney.

You'll need a DUI attorney with a great deal of experience. You may have used all the care in the world, or not, when hiring your DUI lawyer. But did you make the right choice? And if not, should you fire your attorney? Only you can answer these questions, but here are a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.

Every day can be beer day if you believe in yourself. But International Beer Day this Friday can give casual beer consumers a chance to cheers with connoisseurs and cicerones over the latest and greatest in IPAs, sours, or standard lagers. It also opens the door for overconsumption.

Part of celebrating beer is not drinking too many beers -- after all, after a few too many you can't enjoy the subtle hop complexities in a well-executed pilsner. The other part is not getting behind the wheel after drinking. So before you raise a goblet, nonic, or pint tomorrow, spend a few minutes with our latest and greatest DUI posts:

Officer Can Draw Blood of Unconscious Driver Without Warrant

Intoxication and consent -- it's a complicated topic. The very definition of consent, what it means to be able to give it, and how intoxication factors into consent, has been the subject of heated debate. Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a police officer can draw the blood of an unconscious driver without a warrant, and without actual consent.

One of the most common penalties for a drunk driving offense is having your driver's license suspended or revoked. In addition to whatever other court costs, fees, and fines, the inability to drive -- to work, the grocery store, or elsewhere -- can have a huge, negative economic impact on your life.

In an attempt to balance the criminal penalties for a DUI with a person's need to pay their bills, many states offer what is known as a DUI hardship license. So, what is it and how do you get it?

Depending on where you're pulled over, there are a varying amount of consequences for refusing a field breathalyzer test. In just about every state, your driver's license may be immediately revoked upon refusal. In some jurisdictions, prosecutors might be able to point to that refusal as an implicit admission of guilt, while in others, prosecutors may not comment on the refusal at all.

And in some Chicago-area counties, police may start fast-tracking warrants for a blood draw.