Spousal SupportJune 6, 2017
We all make mistakes in life. One of the most dangerous is driving under the influence (DUI), a legal term that means you got into a car and drove it while impaired or intoxicated to the point of unsafe operation.
How is a DUI determined?
Police generally use three tests to assess intoxication. They are:
- Observation – Police may stop your car if they notice erratic driving or speeding; they’ll do a quick assessment as they speak to you.
- Sobriety Test – The next level of scrutiny involves out of car speech or balance tests, such as the infamous ‘walk a straight line’ test.
- Blood Alcohol – If the officer suspects you have been drinking, they will ask you to blow into a breathalyzer to assess your blood level. If your blood alcohol level is high, you may be taken into custody, your car may be impounded or license suspended, and the results of these tests will be used in court.If you are being charged for a second or subsequent occurrence, it is in your best interest to get immediate legal representation. Good legal counsel can mitigate the severity of your outcome, from bail hearing to sentencing. If the charge is a first for you, legal counsel can guide you through the court system, defend you if you decide to fight the charge and generally offer expert advice.
Getting a DUI could but does not have to destroy your life. But it is one of those life events that can be very difficult to navigate without expert help. If you or a family member or friend is facing a charge like this, don’t hesitate – look for legal counsel with DUI experience to help guide you through the process as smoothly as possible.