Drunk-driving or impaired driving due to alcohol is the cause of at least 10,000 fatal car crashes in the U.S. which number to more than 32,000 every year. In 2010, the US Department of Transportation‘s Bureau of Transportation Statistics registered 13,365 fatal car accidents, while the number of those arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or both, reached 1.4 million.
In all U.S. states, driving with a 0.08% (or higher) blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is considered a crime. Though a first offense DUI is usually treated as only a misdemeanor (a more serious offense, though, if the alcohol-impaired driver injures or kills someone, of if his or her BAC level is higher than the 0.08% limit), a Nashville criminal defense attorneys of Horst Law explains how it still can change your life, as it can result to the suspension of your license which, in turn, can lead to many other inconveniences for you, plus the fact that your driving history is marred with a traffic offense.
Many federal and state authorities are determined and zealous in catching violators of the anti-drunk driving law, thus, they are sharp and focused on observing any signs of drunk-driving, such as braking erratically, driving too slowly, swerving, stopping for no apparent reason or zig-zagging across the road. For the same end, they set up sobriety checkpoints to check on alcohol-impaired drivers as well as measure their BAC level.
A DUI felony is punished with costly fines and at least one year jail time. In some states, a felony leads to other heavy sentences, such as:
Mandatory installation of an Ignition interlock, which is a device that will prevent a vehicle from starting if it detects in the driver a BAC level that is higher than what is considered a safe level (about 0.02%);
Administrative license suspension (ALS), a law that gives law enforcers the authority to confiscate a driver’s license if the driver fails a chemical test. This can last for 90 days – 180 days, during which driving privileges may be limited to/from work;
Open container law. This law, which is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), requires states to prohibit the possession of open alcohol beverage containers, as well as the consumption of an alcoholic beverage, in the passenger area of a motor vehicle on public highways.
Understand just how serious a DUI charge is should make a person think twice before sitting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. However, there are just instances when impairment gets the better of a driver. It will require a seasoned felony DUI attorney if you get charged with a
DUI offense, more so if the charge is a felony.