How to Write DUI Apology Letters to the Editor


Driving under the influence (DUI) is a very serious charge, with many people feeling a great deal of embarrassment because of their poor judgment. A carefully written letter to the editor serves as a broad public apology. Not every letter to the editor is published, however, as newspapers have space limitations and some websites lack resources to publish all content. A DUI apology letter from a celebrity or public official usually is more newsworthy than a letter from someone relatively unknown.

  • Consult with the attorney in your DUI case. Civil lawsuits are possible in DUI arrests that include injuries or property damage. Someone filing suit against you could use an apology letter as evidence. Check with your attorney to determine if this applies in your case.

  • Refer to the police report as you write the letter. Confirm that the facts in your letter match the allegations in the police report. Do not debate the facts of the case or challenge the police officer's findings. The purpose of the apology letter is to admit to the DUI and apologize, not retry the case.

  • In the first sentence of the letter, acknowledge that you were arrested for DUI. Indicate when and where and describe briefly why you were intoxicated. Use the next few sentences to take full responsibility for the incident as you apologize for the embarrassment that you have brought on yourself, your family and possibly your business or employer.

  • Finish the letter by outlining steps you have taken to avoid this happening again, such as participating in counseling.

  • Contact a local website or publication to find a name and address for the editor. Sign and mail your letter with a phone number included for followup and verification.

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