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Dangers of the Drinking and Driving - On DUI

You won't get caught. There won't be any police on the way home. You can drink, you can drive just back to your home. The dangers of drinking in excess have been noted in many studies, but add a vehicle, an under the influence driver, other drivers on the road, other people in the car, and you've got quite a situation. True, drinking and driving does not always cause a death. Studies have proven, on the other hand, alcohol directly effects your ability to drive. Drinking alcohol and then driving greatly increases the chance you'll be in an accident. How much can you drink? There is no perfect number for how much you can drink. According to law, in all 50 states, if you're blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or more, you can be charged with a DUI. Also, if you're clearly drunk but under the BAC limit, you can still be charged with a DUI. Will there be an accident? There is a greater chance of getting into an accident if you've been drinking. Some may downplay it. Some do get away with it. But all it takes is someone being hurt to truly damage your life and put you in jail. What if you're pulled over? If you're pulled over and you've been drinking, you should always be aware of your options. Be clear with the officer. Maybe you have been drinking some. Whether or not you can be arrested depends on how much you drink. This can be scary. The solution? Do not mix drinking and driving. And if you get caught, and you're charged with a DUI, ask for help. What happens if you've been arrested? If you've been arrested for a DUI, it may seem like the end of the world. If you hurt someone, more so. However, you have the right to defend yourself. If you've been arrested, you should always consult professional counsel, an experienced DUI attorney who can educate you on the process and fight for your rights. What happens if you hurt someone? If you hurt someone and were arrested for drinking and driving, you may get a more strict charge, usually called the aggravated DUI. This charge is used if you hurt someone, were driving with a minor in the car, or if you are not just over the BAC but over by a large amount. Benefits of Avoiding DUI The biggest thing you can do is, if you make the mistake once, never do it again. Once you learn how serious the crime is, you can be smarter in the future. Multiple drinking and driving charges can also lead to aggravated DUI, a felony charge in most cases. Benefits of Hiring an Attorney and Making Things Right No matter your situation, if you've been arrested for a DUI, hire an experienced attorney. Why? Do you know how to negotiate before the trial, if you should plead guilty or not guilty, if the case should be in front of a judge or jury, or even how to plead to a lesser charge? These are some of the things an experienced DUI attorney can help with.