DUI Attorney Info


What is DUI?

In all 50 states, an adult who is at least 21 years old can be charged with DUI if he or she operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content level that exceeds the statutory limit, which in each and every state is .08%.

Your blood alcohol content level can be determined through chemical testing from your saliva, urine, breath, hair, or from your blood.

It is important to highlight the fact that a person can also be charged with DUI if he or she operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drugs (legal or otherwise), or a combination of the two, which makes the individual unable to safely operate the vehicle that he or she is driving.

The essential point here is that an adult can receive a DUI with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is less than .08%.

Why Do I Need a DUI Attorney?

A DUI attorney will be able to evaluate your case and determine if there are constitutional violations or other defenses that potentially weaken the prosecution's case.


Armed with this information, the DUI attorney can negotiate with the prosecution for a reduced charge and in some circumstances, even a complete dismissal of the charge. In sum, without the representation of a "drunk driving" attorney, you considerably reduce your chances of getting the best possible legal results.

It is the "job" of a DUI attorney to show the judge all the impressive things you have done in your adult life such as the fact that you are a community volunteer, that you are a good father or mother, your commendable work record, that your are an active member of your church, and the fact that you regularly pay taxes. (that is, if this information is "factual"). Indeed, with this information, the judge is more likely to view your case favorably.

DUI has become a very sophisticated and complicated area of jurisprudence. In point of fact, many criminal defense attorneys will admit that given the many talents and skills that need to be mastered by a DUI defense attorney, this area of specialization can be one of the most difficult areas of criminal law in which the lawyer can engage.

Every state now has stringent DUI penalties in place to help prevent people from drinking and driving. Examples of such penalties include the following:

  • The installation of an ignition interlock device.

  • A suspended driver's license.

  • Vehicle impoundment.

  • Substantial fines and court fees (sometimes in excess of $5,000 or more).

  • Jail time.

  • Mandatory alcohol education classes (at your expense).

  • Probation.

  • Community service.

Even for a first DUI conviction, you could lose your driver's license, face possible restrictions on your interstate and international travel, experience insurance coverage problems, and lose your job.

The good news, on the other hand, is that it is likely that you can avoid most or perhaps all of these penalties by hiring a DUI attorney.


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