In Florida, you can get a DUI (driving under the influence) if you drive or are in physical control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher—often called a “per se” DUI or “DUBAL” (driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level)—regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired.
Every one of the 50 U.S. states makes it a crime to drive while impaired by alcohol or other legal or illegal substances. Such crimes are considered to be among the most serious of driving offenses -- not too surprisingly, since they cause, on average, over one third of all traffic fatalities.
Questions How can the police find out whether a driver is under the influence or intoxicated? Do I have to take a breathalyzer, blood test, or urine test if I am stopped for DUI or DWI? If I'm stopping for driving under the influence, am I entitled to talk to an attorney before I decide whether to take
After youre arrested for DUI or DWI, you will have to appear before a judge for arraignment. You will be asked to plead either guilty or not guilty to the charge. Arrangements will also be made regarding your right to counsel and bail.
“BAC,” or “blood alcohol concentration,” is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in a person’s blood. As you continue to drink, your BAC generally rises. So there’s a relationship between BAC and your level of impairment. Because of this correlation, the “per se” DUI laws of all 50
In health terms, a little bit of alcohol isn't always a bad thing -- some studies, for example, suggest that a daily glass of wine can improve your health. But when people with alcohol in their system try to drive, the results can be lethal.
The term DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) makes most people think of drivers who leave a bar late at night after one too many drinks and weave their way down the road or highway. But illegal and legal drug use can also lead to impaired driving and possibly arrest.
When a driver is stopped for apparently being under the influence of drugs or alcohol -- or even for another reason, like a broken tail light -- and the officer suspects a DUI or DWI, administering various tests is standard police procedure.
As with any criminal charge, a person charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) is presumed innocent until proven guilty through the defendant's own plea or after a jury trial. Any penalty will depend on state law, as well as circumstances, such as the presence of an open bottle of liquor in the car and the defendant's cooperation with the police.
As legislators have made clear, alcohol and motor vehicles aren’t a good mix. But state governments don’t confine their laws to drunk driving. They also prohibit other kinds of behavior involving cars and booze, like having an open alcohol container or drinking from it in a vehicle. Open Container
My 22-year-old brother -- who likes to drink beer with his friends -- just got charged with a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol). My parents are freaking out, talking about how his future will be ruined if he's convicted as a "felon." Is a DUI really a felony?
I just received my second driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. Although my first DUI conviction was eight years ago, when I was 21, I'm worried that my prior conviction will affect my sentencing. How long does a prior DUI conviction stay on my record and count as a second offense?
I recently got pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI) and, instead of agreeing to the roadside breathalyzer, I asked for a blood test. After spending two hours in the back of a police car and at the hospital, the nurse finally drew a blood sample from me. My blood alcohol content (BAC) was .08. Can the police use this evidence in court to convict me of a DUI?
Over a holiday weekend in San Francisco, I received a driving under the influence (DUI) charge for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08. Do I have the option to plea bargain down to a wet reckless, or am I going to get a DUI for being a .08?
I recently received a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction in Texas (same as DUI) and, while I know I'll be fined, I'm curious if the state is going to require me to install an ignition interlock device (IID). What does the law say?