Drinking and driving is never a good idea, whether you have drank a lot or just one beer. No matter how much alcohol you consume it still affects the way drive. Police are starting to take driving under the influence more and more seriously. If you are showing any signs at all of being intoxicated while at the wheel you will be pulled over and given a breathalyzer test.
In 2012, a woman was found guilty of killing her husband and daughter while drunk driving in Los Gatos, California. She is now facing a prison term of 36 years to life. I’m sure that when this woman left her house she had no intention in killing her family. In just one year alone, nearly 350,000 people will be injured and over 10,000 will be killed due to this preventable crime. That is just one of the many terrible tragedies that have happened because of drunk driving. Not only can drunk driving kill people, but DUI’s are also life altering and can devastate families.
A DUI is when a person driving under the influence is pulled over and has a breathalyzer of .08 or above, they are given a misdemeanor along with large fines and even jail time. However, that is just the penalty for a first DUI. If given a second DUI, things become a lot worse. You are given time in jail, larger fines, your licence is suspended, and an ignition interlock unit or immobilization of a vehicle. A felony DUI is given after more then one DUI offence has occurred. The largest consequence of a felony DUI usually comes after all government punishments have been served. If the person given the felony DUI works for the government or children related jobs, they will be fired and will not be allowed to work in the same field again. Some states allow this charge to be expunged from their record after a certain amount of time but most states will not give any option for having the charge removed. The person would also be not allowed to work at a job that required them to drive to get there. Driving under the influence is a serious crime and is not taken lightly.
If you or someone you know has recently received a DUI, it is important that you contact a DUI Attorney as soon as possible. The following sites offer more information about DUI’s, DUI attorneys, and other criminal charges: