Drunk Driving Offenses
Operating any motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in every state and on federal property. The laws and regulations regarding drunk driving offenses vary from state to state. Being charged with a drunk driving offense is a serious matter which requires the help of a competent and experienced attorney.
Drunk driving offenses are called by different names in different locations. In some states, drunk driving is charged as a DUI or driving under the influence. In other places, drunk driving is a DWI or driving while intoxicated. A few states even call drunk driving an OUI or operating under the influence. Drunk driving offenses can also include lesser charges such as reckless driving and more.
Drunk driving offenses are taken very seriously in the United States. Increased awareness about the effects of drunk driving and pressure from special interest groups have prompted politicians, judges, and law enforcement officials to prove they are "tough on crime" by increasing the number of drunk driving convictions in their region. This can make it especially difficult for those accused of drunk driving offenses to get a fair trial, and heighten the social stigma associated with a DUI charge.
During drunk driving cases, the prosecutor proves the individual in question was stopped legally, and police officer had probable cause to arrest the individual for a drunk driving offense. The prosecutor must also prove that the tests used to determine the blood alcohol levels were accurate, and the machine in question was not malfunctioning. Drunk driving cases can be thrown out if these elements are not sufficiently proven by the prosecutor.
While the burden of proof in a DUI case rests on the shoulders of the prosecution, winning a drunk driving case is not easy. This is why it is important to hire a qualified and experienced DUI attorney who knows how to protect and maximize your legal interests. A defense attorney-- with experience representing those charged with drunk driving offenses-- will be able to anticipate the way the prosecutor will handle the case. In some case your DUI attorney may be able to secure a reduction in drunk driving charges or even have the charges dropped entirely before the case goes to trial.
Those convicted of drunk driving offenses face a number of possible penalties including imprisonment, fines, restitution, community service, mandatory classes or substance abuse counseling, and more. The motor vehicle department can impose sanctions restricting or revoking an individual's license, even before the case has been settled.
Drunk driving charges are extremely serious, because so much is at stake. If you or someone you love has been accused of drunk driving offenses, you should contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible.
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