Driving under the influence of alcohol is a major offense regardless of which state you are in. Drinking and driving can result in serious consequences causing harm to yourself and others, and negatively affecting your life. While you may think that you are ok to drive after a few drinks, it is always better to err on the side of caution and avoid potentially life-altering consequences. The level of impairment is not dependent on the type of alcohol consumed, rather the amount of drinks in a certain period of time, so it is crucial to allow yourself plenty of time between drinking and driving.
The Seriousness Of Drunk Driving
- In America, a person is killed from a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes. This results in approximately 29 people killed per day from driving under the influence.
- Drunk driving crashes result in over 10,000 deaths per year
- Every 120 seconds, a person is injured from a drunk driving accident.
- Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, approximately 1/3 of those accidents involved alcohol or drugs
The Truth About Drunk Drivers
- On average, a person will drive drunk an unfortunate 80 times before their first arrest
- The Federal blood alcohol level limit is currently .08 BAC, although many states are considering reducing it to .05 BAC, particularly for repeat offenders
- In fatal crashes, drunk drivers with a .08 BAC or higher are 8 times more likely to have a prior DUI conviction
- Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 make up the highest percentage of drunk drivers in fatal crashes
- Drunk driving happens most often between 1 AM and 3 AM.
Being Charged for DUI
- You will be required to perform sobriety tests, both in the field and then to determine BAC levels
- You will be arrested and will possibly have to spend the night in jail
- The car you drove will likely be impounded
- You will be required to meet with the DMV to determine the status of your driver’s license
- You will also have to appear in court for the DUI charge
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
- Jail or even prison time for repeat offenders
- Finesranging from $400 to $1,000 in addition to court and administration fees.
- Community Service
- Mandatory DUI classes or substance abuse counseling
- Increased insurance premiums
- Suspension of car registration
Driving under the influence is an extremely serious offense. If you have been drinking, it is far better to err on the side of caution and not drive then to risk the devastating repercussions of a drunk driving crash or a DUI arrest.
If you have been charged with DUI in Las Vegas, it is crucial that you hire an aggressive and experienced DUI Attorney to represent you. Contact CEGA Criminal Law for superior Las Vegas DUI Criminal Defense.