Bixby DUI Lawyer
When it comes to drinking and driving, pretty much everyone knows the two don’t mix. Given the effect alcohol can have on your ability to operate a vehicle, driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most dangerous choices a person can make—which is exactly why most drivers will not get behind the wheel if they are impaired. Nevertheless, the evidence shows that officers are making more arrests than ever. So which is it? Do most people avoid driving under the influence or are more drivers being arrested for the offense? Unfortunately, both statements are accurate—to understand how, we must first take a look at how DUI is defined from a legal standpoint.
DUI: Your Definition Vs. The Legal Meaning
If you were to ask most drivers to define the term “driving under the influence,” very few would include blood alcohol content (BAC) in their definition. In the eyes of the law, however, BAC is everything. A percentage used to indicate the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream, BAC is the single most important factor used to determine a driver’s level of impairment. Both federal and state law define DUI as driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. As a result of this limit, any person who operates a vehicle with a BAC above this amount is automatically impaired—even if he or she shows no signs of intoxication.
What Will Happen To You If You Are Found Guilty Of DUI?
Even if you are a first-time offender (meaning you have no prior DUIs on your record), the punishment for a drunk driving conviction includes a mandatory fine, license suspension, and jail sentence. If you have a history of driving under the influence or were involved in a serious auto accident, the penalties will be even more severe—and regardless of what type of sentence you receive, a DUI conviction will be permanently reflected on your criminal record.
How To Avoid A Drunk Driving Conviction
Fortunately, for every penalty you face for driving under the influence, there’s also a defense available—the trick is to select the right one for your case. That’s where attorney Bruce Edge and his team come in. A board-certified DUI defense firm and 2013 “Best Law Firm” according to US News, the Edge Law Firm has helped countless drivers challenge their arrest and avoid the devastating consequences of a drunk driving conviction.
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