DUI Arrest and Punishment
Arrested for DUI, now What Happens?
DUI Laws and Penalties - All 50 States
In all U.S. states except for Massachusetts it is defined as a crime to drive under the influence, especially with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at or above a 0.08 percent which is prohibited level. In case of DUI or DWI conviction, the drivers are subject to get their license revoked or suspended by the law. Some drivers may refuse to take a breathalyzer or other forms of chemical test to verify their blood alcohol and drug levels, but they might get the driver's license revoked immediately due to non-cooperative actions to the officer.
DUI / DWI Laws include:
- Illegal Per Se Laws and Dram Shop Laws
In 43 states, some offenders are allowed to driver after the DUI/DWI conviction, if they have ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. But there are a few other processes that they have to go through, including servicing court sermon, attending Level II alcohol classes and therapy, contributing community service, etc.
Ignition interlock device is required for a certain period of time, and it will analyze a driver's blood alcohol content every time the engine is about to start, and it won't allow the ignition of the car if the BAC level is over the limit. In 29 states, offenders should forfeit their vehicles that are driven while impaired by alcohol.
Hiring an DUI Lawyer
Contrary to what they assume, it always turns out to be costing more than what they think and there are a lot of steps that they have to go through, such as conforming to court orders, paying penalties and fees, scheduling DMV hearing, which overall cost the offenders an average of $10,000.
Therefore, consulting a DUI lawyer about your specific situation is highly recommended and it will eventually save you money on many different areas that you are not very familiar with.
Read on DUI Arrest Statistics by states
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For more information regarding your local DUI Laws please go to DUI Laws for each state.