Elite Lawyer

DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

Criminal Lawyers Provide Defense Against Drunk Driving Charges

Drunk driving is a serious offense that can result in life-changing consequences. Different states use different terminology for this crime, such as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating while intoxicated (OWI), or Operating a Vehicle Intoxicated (OVI). However, every state uses the same standards for determining a driver’s alcohol intoxication: .08% blood alcohol content (BAC). People who drive a motor vehicle with a BAC above the legal limit can be arrested, and they may face the suspension or revocation of their driver’s license, fines, and jail time. In some states, they may also be required to attend drunk driving school or install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in their vehicle.

DUI Arrests

When a police officer pulls a driver over on suspicion of drunk driving, they may ask the driver to perform certain tests designed to determine whether the driver is impaired. These may include field sobriety tests such as standing on one leg, walking in a straight line, or tracking a moving object with the eyes. An officer may also ask a driver to take a portable breath test to measure their blood alcohol level.

If arrested for DUI, it is important to consult with a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can advise a driver about whether it is in their best interests to refuse testing, and they can determine whether errors were committed during testing or if there were any other factors involved in the arrest.

While charges for a first-time DUI are serious, a driver may be able to receive minimal punishments and regain their driving privileges if they complete certain requirements. However, multiple DUI arrests can lead to more serious charges, including significant fines and jail time and the loss of one’s driver’s license for several years or life. Drivers who injure someone while driving under the influence or who have a very high BAC may face aggravated DUI or felony DUI charges, which are even more harsh.

DUI and Drugs

In addition to facing charges for drunk driving, drivers may be arrested for DUI if they are found to be under the influence of drugs, including prescription medications that may impair one’s driving ability when mixed with other drugs or alcohol.

As more and more states legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, police officers are looking to arrest those who may be driving while intoxicated by this drug. However, many state laws are inconsistent about what constitutes impairment by marijuana, so it is important for drivers to understand their state laws and the potential consequences of an arrest and conviction.

Waiting for Resize
Back to Top