Did you know there are approximately 300,000 people on the road driving drunk each day in the United States, but less than 4,000 are arrested for a DUI? These numbers may seem starting but it is true. Unless a driver is acting erratically, causes and accident, or happens to be pulled over for another reason, moist can go undetected. While this doesn’t make driving drunk any less dangerous, it certainly puts the situation in perspective.
Across the country, states are lower the minimum blood alcohol levels indicating when an individual is considered driving under the influence. Most have done this under pressure from the federal government and threats to limit their funding for highway repairs.
While many may see this as an overall positive, there is a clear downside. At 0.08 blood alcohol, which is what many states have gone to, it is arguable that the driver is not actually impaired. Some states want to lower it to 0.04, which would literally mean an individual could not have any alcohol prior to driving.
This puts the driver in an unfair position. An adult could have one or two drinks while out to dinner and leave on their own accord feeling legitimately fine only to be cited later for a DUI. In this case, the best approach is getting an experienced criminal defense and DUI attorney.
A criminal defense and DUI attorney can get the criminal charges lessened and protect you from the negative consequences of drunk driving, which may include ?party plates,? high fines, suspended licenses, and even jail time depending on what state you live in. Party plates can open an individual up to judgement, risky their job, and putting their families in an unfair situation. They will also help ensure you are not led into incriminating yourself and harming your own defense by the police or prosecutors. Your criminal defense and DUI attorney will protect you from those that are only interested in seeing you get punished without taking the time to better understand the situation.
DUI laws are good and in place to protect everyone on the road. However, the laws and consequences have become so strict and severe that they have gone beyond their intended purpose. Current laws in most states discourage drinking all together because the consequences aren?t worth it, and that is simply unfair. It is one thing to punish an individual for driving under the influence, but the plates identifying a DUI are punishing the entire family.
A responsible adult should be able to go out and have a drink or two with dinner without having to worry about being thrown in jail or being forced to use special car plates that are humiliating and degrading. Some are pushing for DUI laws that are so strict, they are effectively encouraging prohibition.
For many living paycheck to paycheck, a single DUI can be financially devastating. In addition to the exorbitant fines and court costs, being jailed, having a vehicle impounded, or getting a license suspended can lead to job loss furthering the financial toll on the family. Not to mention, in a small town, the reputation that grows from getting a DUI can harm your employ-ability.
Particularly first time offenders should be given the benefit of the doubt in these situations. This is especially true when their blood alcohol level is close to the legal limit, and it is fair to argue that they were not actually impaired driving. There are many factors that go into impairment, and blood alcohol level is just one of them.
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