Drunk driving is a crime in all states in the US, although there are variations in sanctions, punishments and enforcement. In general, however, it is considered a serious criminal offense. Drunk driving is alternatively referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence (DUI), operating a vehicle while under the influence (OVI), or operating while impaired depending on the state.
According to car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., whenever a charge of drunk driving is levied, the defendant risks a conviction that may mean a fine, a term of imprisonment, and other impediments to freedom such as an ignition interlock and suspension or revocation of a license. Under some circumstances, the suspension of a driver’s license may only be lifted after a specified period if the driver obtains an SR-22, a special insurance for high risk drivers, and it can be expensive and difficult to obtain.
The most obvious way to avoid the effects of drunk driving is not to drink and drive. In fact, it may not be a good idea to get behind the wheel at all. In some states, a charge of drunk driving may be levied against an intoxicated person who is seated behind the wheel even if the vehicle is parked.
If a charge has already been filed, the next best thing is to get effective legal representation as soon as possible. It is no joke to be convicted of drunk driving, and should be avoided as much as possible. A good defense lawyer familiar with drunk driving laws in the state would be able to mount a plausible defense even if field sobriety tests yield positive results. It is important that no statement or admission is given prior to consulting with the lawyer, as these can be used as evidence against the defendant. If unfortunately there has already been a conviction, it still may not be too late. A good lawyer can find a way to justify appealing the conviction at the state level.Read More