When an individual is arrested for DUI or driving under the influence it can be an emotionally taxing ordeal. Any person who is facing a DUI conviction should be aware of some very important things regarding DUI law. First, in terms of the legalities or punishment for a DUI charge, that can differ by state. Generally speaking, there are some punishments that are the same in each state and those punishments for offenders can include: probation, community service, fines, vehicle seizures, and even a jail sentence.
People who have been charged with a DUI should understand that in the United States in all of the fifty states there is some version of the implied consent law. Driving is a privilege and in exchange for that privilege, if you have been suspected of driving under the influence, you will be subject to some sort of field sobriety test or breathalyzer in order to determine your level of impairment. Refusal to comply carries a penalty of your license being suspended for up to one year.
In reference to a person’s level of intoxication or what is deemed over the limit, this is something that varies by state. This the determining factor in whether or not an individual will be charged with a DUI. Typically, many states have adopted that, 0.8% is the legal limit. This number has been derived from several studies that show that 0.8% is the level of intoxication that can cause impairment and a person to be more likely than not to be involved in a car accident. A person who has a blood alcohol level of 0.8% or higher will often be convicted of driving of the influence. This does not apply to persons who are under the age of 21. There is a zero tolerance law in place for underage drinkers. If you are underage and have been suspected of drinking, you will have a DUI on your record. It does not matter how little alcohol you have consumed. This law is across the board in every state. If you have been charged with a DUI, you need to understand that a conviction can have criminal and civic implications. For example, if your driving while under the influence has caused injury, property damage, or worse yet, death, you could be liable for monetary damages even if you managed to secure a not guilty verdict in the case.