You can check on the current DUI laws for your State on this website by clicking on your State in the menu to the right. If you have questions regarding a current DUI charge, you can seek the advice of a local DUI attorney who understands the DUI laws in your state. The attorney will evaluate your case and develop an appropriate DUI defense.
Many people make the decision to drive while intoxicated, but only a small percentage are ever caught driving under the influence. Most drivers feel they can drive home safely and without being caught. However, it just takes one slip up and a driver can be pulled over. The DUI laws are strict in all states. The penalties, fines, and even jail time can cause financial hardships in the future. Many people have lost their jobs due to a DUI conviction and the aftermath can be devastating if not handled properly.
DUI Vs DWI, Is There A Difference?
States use different acronyms for driving under the influence. In addition, each State has established its own DWI laws. The acronyms cause tremendous confusion, and to make matters more confusing, some States have separate charges for DUI and DWI.
Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated refer to operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both. These terms may appear to have identical meanings; however, many States designate them as different crimes.
In most States, DUI is a lesser charge and indicates a lower degree of being impaired. The degree of impairment is determined by the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In many States, the charge will depend if the person is impaired by alcohol or if the person is impaired by drugs. For example, if a person is stopped for erratic driving and is under the influence of prescription medication, the individual will likely be charged with DUI. It is important to mention in States that utilize DUI and DWI as separate crimes, it is possible to have charges lowered from DWI to the lesser charge of DUI. If you are charge with this serious offense, it is best to seek the advice of DUI law defense attorney.
Many States have instituted a stringent zero tolerance policy and no longer make a distinction between DUI vs. DWI. Whether under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both, the crime is punished with severe fines, penalties and time in jail. If you or a loved one has been charged, you may want to review your State’s DUI law in the State law section of this website.If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence, contact an attorney as soon as possible for a free consultation. The sooner you get help from an attorney the better. An attorney will evaluate your case based on your State’s current DUI laws. You need answers fast and an attorney will answer your questions and will develop an appropriate DUI defense strategy. Take advantage of a free consultation today and get the help you need for your DUI case.