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Impaired driving refers to operating a vehicle with drugs or alcohol in the driver's system. Impaired driving usually results in the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), driving under the influence of drugs (DUI Drugs), or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Alcohol or drugs can significantly reduce a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle. Driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08% or more, or driving with certain drugs in one's system, can constitute impaired driving and will be treated as a criminal offense.
All states have strict laws prohibiting impaired driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, not all states have such laws pertaining to drugs because it can be harder to judge whether or not various drug substances physically impair a person. Only 3 states (including California) have separate laws for impaired driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs. Eighteen states have laws that forbid driving under the influence of any prohibited substance, regardless of what it is.
Being charged with impaired driving - whether by alcohol, drugs, or both- can carry severe misdemeanor or felony charges. Penalties can include jail time, loss of license, significant fines, probation, requirement to enroll in a DUI program, and/or a mandatory installment of an Interlocking Ignition Device (which tests a driver's breath for substance abuse before being allowed to turn the vehicle on). An impaired driving charge can stay on a driverÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s record for 10 years and will likely impact his or her insurance rates.
If you have been charged with impaired driving, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. The help of a criminal attorney can not only make the process easier for you, but can also help to reduce your charges or get them dropped completely. Laws regarding impaired driving may differ depending on the substance found in the driver's system- alcohol or drugs- and may vary state to state. An experienced criminal lawyer will be able to explain these laws to you while helping to defend your rights and potentially saving your license and driving record.
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