Anyone accused of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol faces stiff penalties along with a host of legal problems that will cost him/her a variety of problems and difficulties. DUI, DWI, OWI, or OUI are just some the legal terms used to describe a person operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A DUI criminal defense attorney is essential to any motor vehicle operator accused of driving drunk and is the first line of defense for anyone caught driving while under the influence of alcohol.
According to data compiled in the National Transportation Statistics report for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), over forty percent of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related.
Each jurisdiction has its own charges and penalties for anyone caught driving while intoxicated, but they all agree on one thing; the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below .08 percent. Any motor vehicle operator that is found to have a BAC level at or above .08 percent is considered to be driving while under the influence of alcohol. That is the same in every state and in the District of Columbia. How each state prosecutes and punishes these individuals varies widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
A person found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol faces a variety of penalties. Depending on the jurisdiction, these penalties can vary widely. These penalties may include:
Penalties can also vary depending on certain particular conditions associated with an individual incident such as if the intoxicated driver was involved in an accident, if anyone was hurt in association with the incident, or if there was an open container of alcohol in the automobile. If a person dies as a result of an accident, the driver could be charged with vehicular homicide. A person convicted of a DUI or DWI will notice a substantial increase in their auto insurance and in some jurisdictions may be required to have special insurance coverage.
If you or someone you know have been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated, you will need the help of an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney. A DUI criminal defense attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate DUI/DWI charges and may help you keep your driving privileges. Contact a local DUI criminal defense attorney to have a better understanding of the DUI laws in your state.