Drunk driving laws can be complicated. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol you might have some questions. Below we will discuss the top ten most frequently asked questions from drivers.
DUI Myth 1: One of two beers won’t hurt anyone
Although some individuals may be able to consume a reasonable amount of alcohol and operate their car safely, this amount can vary by person and can depend on factors such as age, alcohol tolerance, weight, muscle mass, sex, and the amount of food a driver has consumed. The truth is it’s not always easy to tell if you are under the legal limit.
According to Capt. Mark Crossan, of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, revelers have now made Thanksgiving night a high time to party. The police captain says that the celebrations he’s seen are second only to New Years and Super Bowl Sunday. Who knew that getting ready for turkey could be so fun?
It’s that time of year again. Eating turkey, dressing, apple pie, and mashed potatoes is a tradition for many of us. Unfortunately, it’s the time of year when many people celebrate excessively and decide to drink and drive leading to a holiday drunk driving arrest.
The Associated Press reports Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested for drunken driving on Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was stopped at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night due to a malfunctioning taillight, but Trooper J. Nelms noted Budenhenholzer exhibited signs of intoxication, namely bloodshot and watery eyes “and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”
Recently we had a driver on our DUI forum ask what penalties and fines they might face if they are arrested for a West Virginia DUI.
It is not uncommon for many drunk drivers to want to plead guilty at the arraignment, which is the court date where you will receive the formal charge for your drunk driving case and the state will formally accuse you of a crime. While this may seem like the most expedient way to get the DUI case behind you, most DUI lawyers agree this may not be the best resolution to your DUI case.
What is a Pasadena DWI?
It is illegal in every state to operate a motorized vehicle with a BAC or blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 can be arrested with a BAC of 0.02% or higher and commercial drivers can be arrested and charged with a BAC with 0.04% or higher. If you are arrested for a Pasadena DWI you need to talk to a DWI lawyer.
As expected, more drivers have been arrested for drunk driving on the highways over the Thanksgiving weekend. Orange County police officers and other California highway patrol officers noted that by Saturday DUI arrest were up an estimated 16 percent over last year to 44 DUI arrest compared with an estimated 37 arrests which were made in Orange County in 2011.
On our DUI forum we recently had a question from a driver who had been arrested for DUI or driving under the influence but wanted to know why the offense was considered a second DUI and not a first DUI if their first arrest had been in 2005.
This is a great question and what this really refers to is the look back period or washout period for a DUI conviction. A look back period is the period of time that a judge or prosecutor can consider a prior DUI when they are determine whether the driver’s penalties will be enhanced for a recent DUI arrest. The goal of the washout or look back period is to determine whether the driver should be considered a “high risk” driver and if they are likely to have multiple DUI arrests in the future.