DUI in a Nutshell

Driving under the influence (DUI) method driving the motor means under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs to the level where the mental and motor skills are impaired. It is also known as Driving while intoxicated (DWI), Operating while intoxicated (OWI), Driving while impaired (also, DWI) or Drunk driving based on the jurisdiction.

DUI is considered as a major offence in every state in US as it causes large number of deaths, accidents, injuries and damages every year. If an officer has a reason to speculate that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, he may subject you to the following field sobriety test that tests your coordination, balance and motor skills.

The shared field sobriety tests are:

  • one leg stand test
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus test
  • The Rhomberg balance test
  • Walk and turn test
  • Finger to nose
  • Finger count

Besides these tests the officer may want you to take a breathalyzer test to check your blood alcohol level by taking your breath sample. It is a chemical test to calculate your level of intoxication. If your blood alcohol level is above 0.08%, then you are proved to be under the influence of alcohol.

The drunk driving offence is charged under misdemeanor. The person charged under misdemeanor is ordered to pay a fine and may be sentenced to minimum term of imprisonment and also a suspension of driver’s license occurs. however, a death or a major accident resulting from drunk driving is charged under felony.

Seeking a legal help is the crucial thing to do after being arrested for DUI. It is important to consult a defense lawyer chiefly practicing in the field of drunken driving defense and is a qualified DUI lawyer. The defense lawyers can find a loophole in your case and help you win the case or at the minimum keep the negative consequences to minimum.

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