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If you have been charged with a DUI, it is imperative that you consult a criminal defense attorney that specializes in all areas of criminal defense law.  DUI or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime in all fifty states.  A person is considered driving under the influence at the point that mental and motor skills are inhibited. All states have established a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above which there is a presumption that your ability to drive is impaired to an illegal level.  You can still be charged with and convicted of DUI if your BAC is below that level using evidence that supports a finding of impairment. A DUI Attorney should be hired to assist you with this matter.

Any of the following typical substances can lead to being charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence):
  • Illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Prescribed medications (painkillers)

A DUI lawyer can be used to fight any of these charges

Police officers are aware of possible driving under the influence as they interact with drivers during typical traffic stops. They test for signs of intoxication using field sobriety tests (FST). These may include, such tests as: walking in a straight line or standing on one-leg. There are also chemical tests to determine blood alcohol content (BAC). The most common is the Breathalyzer. The officer may require that the drivers breathe into the device, and the device then displays the blood alcohol content. Blood and urine tests are the other chemical tests that may be taken to determine BAC and sobriety. Each of these tests has flaws, either in its design or in its administration.  There is not a test that is 100% accurate, even if they are administered properly.

If intoxication is suspected, you will likely be arrested and charged with DUI. If convicted, you (the driver) can face immediate driver’s license suspension and possible vehicle impoundment during the period of suspension. Repeat offenders and drunk drivers involved in traffic accidents resulting in death or severe bodily injury may face driver’s license revocation and jail time or even a wrongful death lawsuit.

Zero tolerance laws apply to underage drinkers. If a person under the age of 21 is found with alcohol in their system, that is a violation of the zero tolerance law which will result in suspension of your driver’s license and a DUI charge. If you have been charged with DUI, it is important to contact a DUI attorney as quick as possible.

Implied Consent
A law known as implied consent affects all drivers in every state. If a driver is asked by a police officer to submit to a chemical test (assuming that the officer had probable cause to request the test), failure to do so may result in immediate suspension of their driver’s license. 

So what can you do if you are charged with a DUI? There is a great urgency in the time you have to respond to your DUI charge! Criminal Defense attorneys and DUI lawyers specializing in DUI law are the only way to ensure fair treatment in the courtroom. The law limits your time to respond so get help now and talk to a DUI Attorney about the details of your case.

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