Driving while intoxicated is against the law, and most people understand that. There are cases when people seem drunk and aren't due to medical conditions, have had a drink but are tested positive with a malfunctioning Breathalyzer or have gotten drunk without knowing they've had anything to drink. People in these situations have a strong defense against charges, even if they're involved in an accident.
Imagine being told that you must submit to a blood test or face a criminal charge. The police have no warrant for your arrest or the blood test, yet the law states you must oblige. That's not fair, and it's not constitutional.
Drunk driving is dangerous, and there's no question that it's against the law. When you're stopped for driving under the influence, you're facing serious scrutiny for a reason.
Drunk drivers make the roads dangerous for everyone, but not everyone who is stopped for driving under the influence was intentionally driving drunk or even as intoxicated as the tests made them appear. There are many reasons why a test could be inaccurate, and even worse, there are times when medical conditions make people appear to be intoxicated.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving stands against drivers who choose to drink and drive, and for the holiday season, they have asked drivers to take more care. The holidays are times when alcohol can be aplenty, so making arrangements for a safe drive home is important to your safety and the safety of others.
If you're stopped and arrested for a DWI, you could be looking a number of consequences in your future. If you're convicted of the charges against you, then you could be charged with anything from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on factors such as how many times you've been convicted for driving while intoxicated and if the stop was related to an accident that resulted in injuries or deaths.
Being accused of drunk driving is a serious matter; you could lose your job or ability to drive, have your home life disrupted or even face time in prison. It's important to defend yourself when you're stopped and accused, because not all accusations are legal. Minnesota is known for drunk drivers, but that doesn't mean you should resign yourself to a conviction. Taking steps to defend yourself can help you protect your livelihood.
The legal limit for blood toxicity is .08 percent. If you are stopped by police with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit, then you could be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. If you are under age and have a blood alcohol concentration of .01 to .02 percent, you could be considered to be under the influence of alcohol even though it won't affect you in the same way as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. This is because the authorities do not want people underage driving while intoxicated and penalize them more heavily if they are found to have any alcohol in their test results.
A DUI, which is a driving under the influence charge, is a crime for someone who has driven a vehicle while under the effects of either drugs or alcohol. The drugs do not have to be illicit; in fact, prescription drug use can also lead to this charge. If you're stopped and questioned about your driving, know that you do have a right to speak with your attorney. If you are asked to perform a sobriety test, you should start your defense at that moment.
As a young adult, you may have made some poor decisions. Should those decisions affect you for your entire life? In many cases, they shouldn't. For instance, if you have a conviction or have been arrested for driving under the influence, you may be wondering if you can have the charge expunged. While expungement laws vary by state, attempting to have your DUI sealed is a good idea. Taking it out of the public eye can help you open up opportunities for work and housing that you may otherwise be turned down for.