Category Archives: DUI

Car Accidents due to Negligence and/or Lack of Courtesy are Inexcusable

Thousands of lives are lost every year in fatal car crashes that involve drivers who are drunk or alcohol-impaired. Despite all the programs from government agencies and private groups to educate and warn drivers about the dangers of drunk-driving, however, traffic authorities know that people will continue to drive while impaired.

Drunk driving is a major traffic offense in all U.S. states. Alcohol, as it has always been proven, impairs a person’s motor skills and mental capacity, as well as affects his/her coordination, reaction time, judgment, perception, and overall capability to keep his/her focus on the road. Lack or loss of control over any of these skills can easily result in a crash that may injure or kill not only the drunk driver himself/herself, but also his/her passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. It is due to the increased risk of harm that may befall innocent lives which makes drunk driving a major offense.

Though the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit for car drivers is 0.08 percent, studies have shown that a 0.02 percent BAC level can already affect a person’s driving ability and response time. The possibility of figuring in a crash increases after 0.05 percent BAC, becoming even higher after 0.08 percent; thus, under all state laws, an individual is considered alcohol-impaired if he/she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher and, if caught, will be charged with drinking under the influence (DUI) or drinking while intoxicated (DWI). To reduce the risks brought about by drunk-driving, some states authorize traffic enforcers to charge a driver with impaired driving or DUI even if such driver’s blood alcohol concentration level is below 0.08 percent, so long as the arresting officer sees that the driver’s abilities are impaired.

In 2013, there were 1,171,935 DUI arrests in the U.S. including in the District of Columbia. 2010 records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show as high as 1.4 million arrests. The U.S. justice system will hold fully liable drunk drivers who cause accidents that injure or kill. Besides the criminal charge and the penalties, offenders will also face monetary liabilities towards their victims.

According to Ali Mokaram, “Accidents can happen for countless reasons and many are unavoidable, but car accidents that are preventable by using common sense and courtesy are inexcusable. Victims of these accidents often will suffer through years of personal injuries and financial backlash for an accident they did not cause.” Due to these, it may be wise for those injured in car accidents to get in touch with a seasoned car accident lawyer immediately, who may be able to help them seek the compensation that they are legally allowed to claim.

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Avoiding a Record with the Right Criminal Defense/DUI Defense

Sometimes you can get carried away when you are out having a good time with friends or celebrating a momentous occasion, and forget about the sober driving rule. Whether you are driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, if you get caught you will need to get the right kind of legal representation to mount a criminal or DUI defense.

Even if you are not a habitual offender, once you have a record for DUI, you will be barred from many opportunities including certain occupations in both the private and public sector. You will also most likely face jail time and/or fines. In Illinois, according to an article from the Bruno Law Offices website, a first offense can land you in jail for as much as a year and a fine of up to $2,500. If you injure someone as well, you may be facing jail time of up to 3 years and a fine of as much as $10,000. These are pretty steep prices for a night out on the town.

The consequences are also severe for those arrested for marijuana possession whether behind the wheel or not in California, unless it is medically prescribed. An article from the Law Office Daniel Jensen, P.C., website states that the penalties for just being in possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is fine of up to $500 and 6 months in jail. It will not matter if you are not actually using it; possession is enough. If you are caught with it in a school zone, the penalties are even more severe.

To avoid getting a record for drunk driving or marijuana possession, you need to mount a criminal defense at once. If arrested for either of these offenses, say nothing and get in touch with a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best possible defense based on the circumstances of your arrest.

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