DUI Charges

DUI Charges

Dec 08

Driving under the influence (DUI), also called driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some states, is a major offense all across the United States. Federal and local government continue in their efforts to make it very clear to all motorists that violation of the anti-drunk-driving law means heavy fines, a jail term, suspension of driving privileges (from about a month to a year), mandatory participation in an alcohol and drug education class (or DUI School) and community service.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that drunk-driving is one of the major causes of motor vehicle accidents on US roads and highways. Every year millions of arrests involving drunk drivers are reported to the NHTSA; this includes reports on the thousands of injuries and fatalities both of the drunk driving and/or their innocent victim. The high number of those getting hurt in alcohol-related accidents is more than enough reason for the federal and local governments to carry out a stricter campaign that will enable them to apprehend DUI offenders. This stricter campaign includes check points for sobriety tests and increased visibility of traffic enforcers.

In all US states, the limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.08%, This means that anyone caught with a BAC level of 0.08% or greater will be charged with either a DUI misdemeanor or felony (depending on the number of offenses made, or if there was an accident where someone got injured or killed).

Besides the harsh punishments awaiting those charged or convicted of DUI, there are many other very unfavorable effects (of the charge or conviction) awaiting the offender. A number of these include:

  • Higher car insurance premiums, which can last up to three years
  • Negative effect divorce proceeding, especially on custody or visitation rights
  • Restrictions on international travel
  • Difficulty in acquiring or renewing a commercial or professional driver’s license

One very informative website on DUI, especially for military men and women, is www.flahertydefensefirm.com/practice-areas/military-arrests/.