Driving under the influence is a serious offense in all 50 states. Each state has its own laws about what constitutes as DUI. Because of the variations in how DUI regulations are applied, you may be unsure of how much you can legally consume and still drive without breaking the law.

Because a guilty conviction of a DUI can have long-lasting consequences on your life and freedom, it is crucial that you know how to fight this charge in court. You can get started today by hiring a DUI attorney who knows the laws and how to apply them to your particular case.

Definition of DUI

As noted, driving under the influence varies with each state. Nonetheless, it is important that you realize that even drinking one or two beers can affect your ability to drive safely and to avoid a DUI charge if you should happen to be pulled over by law enforcement.

For instance, some states deem driving under the influence as having a blood alcohol content level, or BAC, of:

  • 0.08 percent for drivers of private, non-commercial vehicles
  • 0.04 percent for drivers of commercial vehicles
  • 0.01 percent for drivers under the age of 21

If you are found guilty of driving under the influence, you could face steep consequences that include the loss of your driver's license, expensive monetary fines, probation, or even a jail sentence. First-time offenders most often receive lighter punishments while repeat DUI offenders are at risk of going to jail and losing their licenses. Regardless of whether you are facing your first charge or you have been charged with DUI before, you should never go to court without a competent attorney by your side.

Defending Yourself against DUI Charges

It would seem that a DUI case would be relatively cut and clear in the eyes of the law. If you have a BAC at or above the legal limit, you are guilty; if your BAC is below the limit, you are innocent.

In fact, DUI cases are a bit more complicated than that, particularly because you have rights as someone who stands accused of this offense. Your lawyer will want to know how a law enforcement officer tested you in the field or at the police station. Moreover, what made the officer decide to pull you over in the first place?

In some instances, your rights may have been violated before you were ever arrested for the offense. For example, some states allow people to refuse a breathalyzer test. Refusal may or may not constitute as an admission of guilt and implied consent. Your attorney can make sure that you were legally arrested and that the officer had due cause to bring you in on a DUI charge.

Further, some states have no training standards for how LEOs administer field sobriety tests. The officer who detained you may not have had proper training or understanding of how to determine if someone is legally inebriated. All of these aspects of your arrest can be investigated once you have an attorney working on your case.

A DUI can wreak havoc on your life. Rather than take your chance in court and end up with expensive fines, loss of your license, or jail time, you can defend yourself against this charge by contacting a skilled DUI attorney today.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ronald J. YengichRonald J. Yengich

Criminal Defense and occasional political trials. Mr. Yengich represented a former Salt Lake County Treasurer, Art Monsoon; a Salt Lake County Commissioner; a Salt Lake City Mayor; a Congressman of the United States of America; Anti-Shah protestors during the Carter administration; numerous judges, prosecutors, police officers and an occasional innocent citizen.

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