Drunk Driving Defense

Federal and state authorities, as well as non-profit organizations, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have never failed in pointing out the dangers associated with drunk driving, especially how this irresponsible behavior puts in great risk of a serious accident the drunk driver himself/herself and all other motorists (and even pedestrians) who are on the road.

Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), or alcohol-impaired driving, whatever one calls it, is a serious traffic offense due to one simple, yet major reason: it puts lives in danger of serious injuries or death (in some states, like in Texas, for instance, DUI and DWI are used separately. As explained by Austin DWI attorney Ian Inglis, besides differences in penalties, DWI is the offense committed by individuals who are at least 21 years old and caught driving while legally intoxicated, that is with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08%. DUI. On the other hand, is the charge on those who are below 21 years old and caught driving with any alcohol in their system. DUI is the mandatory charge under the Zero-tolerance law, which is in effect in all U.S. states as well as in the District of Columbia).

Before anyone can be charged with a DUI or DWI, however, it needs to be proven first that the person accused of the violation has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08%. Getting a 0.08% BAC level, though, can differ from one person to another due to a multitude of influential factors, such as strength of drink, rate of consumption, age, gender, body type, body fat or muscle content, metabolism, hydration, overall health, alcohol tolerance, food taken (an empty stomach can result to a higher BAC level), and so forth.

During the recent years, law enforcement officers have never been more zealous in enforcing the anti-drunk driving law. Though this move has had some good results, leading to the apprehension of violators, especially frequent violators, there have also been occasions when individuals have been wrongly charged due to wrong BAC readings while some have been arrested improperly.

Law firms and criminal defense lawyers know too well that law enforcement officers do commit mistakes which lead to wrongful accusations and wrongful arrests. Thus, according to a Cape Cod DUI lawyer, during a court proceeding, a typically issues a sentence based on the facts of a case, the perceived risk and danger to society, the evidence against the arrested driver, and many other factors.

Since a DUI charge, much more, a conviction, can truly have devastating effects in the life of an accused, it would make sense for him/her to consult an experienced DUI lawyer who can explain to him/her the most likely scenario for how the case would play out and what penalties will likely be faced if there will be a guilty verdict.