are the days when driving under the influence would go unnoticed on the road by
the number of accidents related to drunk driving increases on streets and highways,
MADD and other advocacy groups
continue to fight for state and federal legislation cracking down on DUI (driving
under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenders.
throughout the U.S. the strict levels of alcohol you consume before getting in
your have been reduced from a legal limit of 0.10 BAC (blood alcohol content)
states even have Zero
Tolerance laws prohibiting drivers under 21 from driving a vehicle under the
influence of ANY amount of alcohol whatsoever.
first-time DUI offenders face lighter penalties (in most states) than repeat offenders,
who can face mandatory jail time as well as suspension or complete revocation
of their license. Vehicle forfeiture, the legal right to vote or to own a gun
may also be part of the DUI penalty equation.
get back on the road, repeat offenders may often have to attend stringent DUI
courses that may entail professional counseling, medical treatment, and/or face-to-face
meetings with their accident victims - before getting their license back.
to do if you're arrested or DUI? Not much, say some experts citing the "zero
tolerance" attitude in many communities. A lawyer may help with some issues
such as license suspension or revocation, but typically your sentence will not
be reduced since DUI penalties are mandatory in most areas.
on the Web, find out more about other penalties drivers face for DUI or DWI offenses,
where to find more information on DUI laws in your state, plus related news, statistics
and legislation related to Driving Under the Influence ....
/ DWI Laws - Quick fact sheet with a table illustrating illegal blood
alcohol concentration (BAC), license suspension or revocation, vehicle forfeiture,
and open container laws in all 50 states.
- Drunk Driving - Insurance Information Institute report with a sweeping
overview of drunk driving legislation in the U.S. including states where statues
hold alcoholic beverage servers liable in drunk driving cases.
Blog - California lawyer featuring regular rants on the topic, legal advice
and insider information on pitfalls & dangers of presenting a drunk driving
defense, current legislation, alcohol level testing, and DUI trends.
information provided on these pages is intended as reference only and does
not constitute professional legal advice.