Drunk Driving Prevention
While federal law prohibits anyone from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher—a calculation measuring the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream—each state has its own laws specifying when a driver can be arrested for drunk driving, as well as the penalties for a DUI conviction. According to a recent committee established to prevent DUI, the best way to eliminate drunk driving is through consistent sentencing guidelines. Based on their recommendations, state legislators now focus on three things: detecting habitual offenders, enforcing mandatory DUI penalties, and requiring treatment for those who are convicted of the offense.
As a direct result of the committee’s suggestions, the penalties for driving under the influence have also grown increasingly severe over the past few years—and you can expect them to get even tougher in the future. For example, most states now give drivers who are arrested with a BAC of 0.16% or more a much harsher punishment than other offenders. The primary reason for this is due to the percentage of traffic fatalities caused by impaired drivers who are operating a vehicle with a significant amount of alcohol in their system (approximately 50%).
In addition, because most individuals who are arrested with an extremely high BAC content have a history of drunk driving, most states now impose harsher penalties for repeat offenders. First offenders are also subjected to tougher sentencing guidelines, however, in an effort to prevent future arrests. Depending on the laws in your area, this means that even a first DUI conviction may carry a license suspension, hundreds of dollars in fines, or even jail time.
If you have been charged with DUI, make sure you have skilled legal representation by your side when your day in court arrives. Unlike general practitioners, attorneys who specialize in drunk driving defense have specialized knowledge in DUI law—and they can use this knowledge to determine the appropriate strategy for your case.
From challenging the results of your breath test to proving that the officer who arrested you lacked probable cause to suspect you of DUI, an attorney can greatly improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court and help you reduce or avoid the life-altering consequences of a drunk driving conviction. For a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney in your area, submit your information online today.