Drunk Driving Charges

By on 1-27-2014 in Car Accidents, Criminal Charges

Based on the statistics that we are always given, drunk driving is the leading cause of road accidents that result in fatalities. Because of this, there has been a strong advocacy regarding drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI) and its dangers. The penalties for those who are caught and charged with DUI face high fines and harsh penalties. Drunk driving is often considered a serious crime, mainly because it poses risks not only to the driver, but also to other motorists and pedestrians.

People who are caught driving under the influence (whether from alcohol, drugs, or both) are actually being charged with two types of offenses: driving under the influence and driving with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level of above 0.08 percent. These are two separate offenses that they will need to defend against in the court of law. Because driving is considered a privilege rather than a right, a person who is charged with DUI can have their driver’s license suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The suspension can only be lifted after the charges have been settled in court.

Facing drunk driving charges is never an easy task: it can affect your social, financial, and personal affairs. In order to avoid putting yourself in even hotter water, finding a lawyer who specializes in DUI charges would be the best option to ensure that your rights and freedoms are preserved. Charges can be filed against you when you have been caught driving and in control of a motorized vehicle (boats, automobiles, golf carts, etc) while physically or mentally impaired to some degree. Different states have varying rules and laws regarding drunk driving, making it more complicated to defend yourself. Acquiring the help of a lawyer and equipping yourself with necessary information is the way to go.