Everybody is aware of the devastating impact of alcohol on a person’s life. It gets even worse when a person drives under the influence. Driving after the consumption of alcohol is a sure way to end up in a fatal motor accident. Various government and social service agencies attempt to educate citizens about the perils of drunk driving. The production of drunk driving videos is a strategy to alert and restrain people from driving when they are drunk.
There are three facts that every driver ought to know about drunk driving.
1. There are two ways in which a driver can be charged with driving when drunk.
First, if a driver has a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) level greater than 0.08, then the driver is guilty of drunk driving, even if the driver’s driving appears to be normal.
Second, a driver can have a BAC less than 0.08, but still be guilty of drunk driving because the driver’s driving is impaired by alcohol. This is proven by testimony concerning the driver’s erratic driving and failure to pass a field sobriety test.
It is not a case of where the driver has to have a BAC over 0.08 and drive erratic to be found guilty of driving under the influence, but the driver only has to satisfy only one of the two situations.
2. Consequences for being guilty of drunk driving can be far reaching.
There are legal penalties such as a fine, community service, license suspension, and/or a jail sentence.
There are also other consequences such as losing car insurance or having car insurance premiums increased, losing a job, especially if the driver’s employment involves driving, and possibly having a criminal record if the driver receives a jail sentence.
3. Anyone charged with drunk driving needs to hire a lawyer.
For first time offenders, lawyers can generally negotiate a greatly reduced legal penalty. For offenders accused of multiple offenses, experienced drunk driving lawyers know how the legal system works and how to present a defense in court.
Individuals simply do not have the training, experience, or knowledge to obtain as good of a result as most lawyers can obtain.
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This is general information only. This is not to be taken as legal advice. If you have any additional questions, contact a lawyer near you today, for a free consultation.