1) did your friend appear before court in drunk driving case? When the police catches an offender, he is taken to the police station and made to pay a deposit. The next day he has to appear before a judicial magistrate where he can plead guilty and pay a fine. If he chooses to contest the charges, the matter goes to trial.
2) it appears your friend licence has been suspended.
3) no first information report (FIR) is necessary in drunken driving cases.
4) the Bombay high court has ruled that drunken driving is a non-cognizable offence
5) police do not have to go through the lengthy process of lodging an FIR, filing a charge sheet and producing strong evidence for a proper trial.
6) Under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, if a breath-analyzer detects alcohol exceeding 30 milligram per 100 ml in a driver's blood and he is incapable of driving, he can be punished with a prison term of up to six months for a first offence. If caught again within three years, he can be punished for the second offence with a prison term of up to two years.