Driving Under the Influence

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

What is Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol?

A DUI refers to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle after taking drugs or consuming alcohol beyond the legal limit. Being impaired or intoxicated while driving will lead to a driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) charge. In California a person's blood alcohol level must be no greater than 0.08%, which is the legal limit for adults aged 21 years or over. If pulled over for a DUI, law enforcement can test a driver's blood alcohol level with a breath, blood or urine test.

While penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) vary from state to state, if a person refuses to submit to a drug/urine/alcohol test requested by law enforcement, he or she will have their driver's license suspended, even if not guilty of a DUI. If a driver is found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possible penalties may include:

  • First offense: fines, jail time, community service, suspended or restricted license, mandatory attendance of an alcohol/drug educational program
  • Second offense or thereafter: longer jail time, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, high fines, impounding of the vehicle, longer educational program, vehicle-installed breathalyzer

If the driver is involved in an accident while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and damages property or injures other people, the penalties can be increased to include lengthy jail or prison sentences, parole, probation, and more, on top of all penalties listed above.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI) Lawyers

If convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of California, the DUI charge will stay on your record for a period of 10 years. This can affect your insurance rates, criminal record, and future employment opportunities. A DUI lawyer can help. DUI lawyers are experienced in driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol cases, and they can best defend you in front of a judge. A DUI lawyer can potentially help you save your license, and save you from facing jail time, high fines, increases in insurance rates, community service, and having a breathalyzer installed in your vehicle. Having a DUI lawyer on your side can be your best chance at fighting your driving under the influence charge.

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It is important to consult with a lawyer if you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). Contact Attorney Search Network today for a lawyer referral to a knowledgeable attorney with experience in DUI cases. Our lawyers will work hard to defend you against this criminal offense so that you can save your driving privileges and record.

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