The consequences of a DUI conviction are harsh.
Many states require the driver's licenses of those convicted of
DUI to be suspended without regard to the impact on the person's
job, education, family, and medical needs. Many states also require
people who are convicted of DUI to go to jail, pay stiff fines,
use expensive ignition interlock devices, go through alcohol treatment
and urinalysis, obtain expensive high risk insurance, and to be
on probation. The vast majority of states even have the ability
to take your license before you are convicted through an administrative
hearing. You can generally be convicted of DUI if your breath or
blood level was above .08, or if your driving was "affected
by the alcohol you consumed" - a very vague standard. Additionally,
in most states you can be convicted of DUI if you were under the
influence of any drug, even prescribed medication.
All persons accused of DUI (also called DWI, OUI, OUII) have several
rights. You have the right to have an attorney represent you, the
right to a trial, the right to confront and cross examine the witnesses
against you, the right to a jury trial, as well as many other rights.
Depending on the state you are stopped in, you may have the right
to refuse field sobriety tests and the breath test.
Calling a DUI attorney at 1-800-DUI-ATTORNEY will
be the first step in protecting your rights. Many people find that,
by hiring a competent and experienced DUI attorney to represent
them, they are relieved of much of the stress caused by not knowing
what to do.
Feel free to check out the following links regarding DUI issues:
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (http://dasis3.samhsa.gov/)
Center for Consumer Freedom (http://www.consumerfreedom.com/issuepage.cfm/topic/1)
Personal Breath Test Devices (http://www.atradingpost.com/Breath2.htm)
State Laws (http://www.whatsdrivingyou.org/laws/index.html#/laws/index.html)