Dui Law Issues

  • Property Damage
  • Death by accident
  • Decrease Vision
  • Reduce Concentration
  • Inhibit Judgment

About DUI Law

Driving under the influence (DUI) is the offense of driving, operating, or being in control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely.

Know Your Rights

If you are arrested for an alcohol-related traffic offense, you could face charges of DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while intoxicated), OWI (operating while intoxicated), or a similarly named crime.

Then you do have constitutional rights that protect you in the event of a DUI arrest, and you may also have additional protections according to the laws in the state where you are arrested. Understanding these rights and protections may be crucial when it comes to avoiding a conviction. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help you assert and protect your rights, but you also have the power to influence the outcome of your case starting with the moment an officer pulls you over.

What is “blood alcohol level”?

Blood alcohol level (BAC) is a term used to describe the level of alcohol in the bloodstream of a person arrested for drunk driving. It is used in court as evidence of that offense. The most common method of determining BAC is through a breath test, although blood and urine testing is done in some instances. If the level is found to be at or over .10, or .08 in some states, the test results can establish a presumption of impairment.

Can I refuse a Breathalyzer?

Although the answer can vary by state, in many cases, a refusal is itself a criminal violation subject to stiff penalties. In addition, if the case against you is proven, there may be additional penalties for the refusal, above and beyond those for the drunk driving offense.

What if I lose my license but continue to drive?

If a person whose license has been revoked or suspended due to drunk driving chooses to drive without a valid license and is pulled over, he or she stands to suffer more serious consequences, including fines and imprisonment. The more prudent course of action is to rely on friends and family for rides or use public transportation.

What is the punishment for drunk driving?

Drunk driving carries serious penalties. Although the court may go easier on first-time offenders, even in first-offense cases the possible sentences include stiff fines and jail time. If the circumstances warrant it, however, the court may choose less restrictive options, including probation, community service, or alcohol awareness or abuse counseling.. For subsequent offenses, the likelihood of imprisonment increases, and in all cases, the loss of driving privileges-at least temporarily-is almost guaranteed.

DUI Penalties

  • License Suspension
  • Administrative Suspension
  • Restricted License
  • jail time

Dui Law Organizations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Foundation for Advancing Alcohol
  • American Beverage Institute
  • Nolo