Were you just released from jail after your drunk driving arrest? If so, hopefully the information provided below and in related articles will ease your concern. Drunk driving, drinking and driving, driving under the influence, and driving while intoxicated are essentially different titles given to the same offense – meaning, you were driving a vehicle and the arresting officer believed you had consumed enough alcohol to impair your driving. Being arrested for driving drunk is a very serious offense – one that can have far-reaching consequences. After educating yourself here, you’ll want to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney that specializes in these drinking and driving cases.
SEVERE DRUNK DRIVING
While every state is bound to the intoxication level of a .08 BAC, each state has different levels of measuring severe cases of drunk driving. With .08 as their anchor point, states have instituted ranges to determine charges and penalties. For example, in Arizona, the first level is .08-.14. Those charged with drunk driving within that BAC range can expect less severe penalties than having a .15-.19 BAC range. In extreme cases, drivers who are to found to have a BAC greater than .20 can expect a minimum of 2 weeks in jail and a mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.
Most states recognize severe drunk driving to be “double” or close to double the legal limit of a .08 BAC. If you’re found to have a BAC hovering around .14-.15, clearly you’ll be charged with drunk driving, but you can also be charged with “enhancements.” Drunk driving enhancements can range from blowing a high BAC, having minors in the vehicle, reckless driving, or refusing a chemical test. Yearly studies show that severe drunk driving continues to be on the rise around the country. The reasons for the harsher penalties for severe drunk driving are directly correlated to drunk driving statistics that show drunk driving accidents and fatalities rise dramatically with the level of extreme intoxication.
CONSEQUENCES OF DRIVING DRUNK
Drunk driving is a very serious offense. The penalties can be very steep. Driving drunk puts other drivers on the road in a perilous situation. Studies have shown that driving drunk significantly contributes to accidents, that can result in serious bodily injury or death. If you’re arrested for DUI in your state expect enhanced court fines, longer jail sentences, longer mandatory DUI schools, and the possibility of having an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.
An experienced drunk driving attorney can help you fight your high BAC and call into question the accuracy of the breath and blood tests. A good drunk driving attorney may be able to reduce charges or have the “enhancements” dismissed. – saving you a lot of time and money.