In the modern world, it seems you need a lawyer for just about everything. When you think lawyer or attorney, criminal defense and prosecution probably come to mind. While that’s all well and good, lawyers are necessary for so much more than criminal trials! Say you’re drafting a will, or opening an ice cream shop. Who are you going to call to sort out your affairs, or the copyright on your shop name? You guessed it, a lawyer. Beyond those kinds of legal issues, however, one of the most common cases in which a lawyer is needed is if someone is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).
A common misconception about DUI charges is that in order to be charged, adults 21 and older must have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. While that is the lowest requirement for a DUI, you can still be charged with DUI or DWI with a lower BAC, especially if you are driving recklessly or committing traffic violations. Another factor to take into consideration is the frequent mixing of alcohol and other illegal substances, which can result in DUI charges.
Even if it is a first offense, a DUI comes with fines of up to $5,000 as well as suspension of your license and a probationary period after the suspension is lifted. Driving under the influence of any drug, alcohol included, puts your life at risk, as well as the lives of others. Accidents happen, but then again, the law doesn’t leave much room for sympathy. Handling your case in the right way and with the right attorney can help you get your life back on track, and more importantly, teach you not to make the same mistake twice.
Not all DUI charges involve a car accident, but the likelihood that you’ll get into an accident while intoxicated is elevated to a very risky level. What that means is that if you receive DUI charges in addition to a car accident, you’ll be dealing with a whole different kind of trial. No matter the attorney, your life will be altered drastically. There are amazing lawyers out there to defend you and help you right the mistakes of DUI charges, but make sure you think twice, and then again before you drink and drive.