If you’re accused of driving drunk, you may be in a precarious position. On one hand, if you can prove your innocence, you can walk away with little damage to your reputation. On the other, you could find you face consequences that damage your reputation, put your job at risk and otherwise hinder your life.
It’s possible that you could be penalized with fines for a misdemeanor or a felony. If you’ve been convicted of a DUI in the past, then it’s possible that you could be charged with a felony with a potential punishment of up to seven years in prison with a five-year conditional release. You could lose your license and owe thousands in fees and penalties.
If your arrest coincides with the death of another person in a fatal car accident, your charge could lead to up to 10 years in prison and up to 10 years without a license. That impact on your life could be dramatic; in a best-case scenario, a conviction would still be likely to lead to heavy fines and a license suspension.
Commercial drivers also face major punishments if they drink and drive. Their legal blood alcohol concentration limit is lower than other drivers at only 0.04 percent. If a commercial driver is stopped with a BAC that is too high, the driver could lose his commercial license and job. He could have his license disqualified for at least a year simply for refusing a BAC test.
Our website has more information about drunk driving charges and how you can defend yourself. Your livelihood and reputation may be on the line, so you should understand all the options open to you.