Legally Speaking Blog


 

JUST DON’T DO IT

 

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that impaired drivers are responsible for hundreds of thousands of crash-related injuries and thousands of deaths annually in the United States. When it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol, every state has currently set .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). For commercial drivers, the limit is even more restrictive, as a BAC of .04% can result in a DUI or DWI conviction anywhere in the nation. Drinking among drivers under age 21 is not tolerated at all, as even the smallest amount of BAC is cause for arrest. Anyone facing DUI/DWI arrest should call an attorney. 

If you are arrested for DUI, you may need the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer with experience handling DUI cases. Unlike civil law cases in which money or property may be at stake, people charged with DUI may face jail time and revocation of their driver’s license if arrested or convicted. If you have a legal concern, please call (732) 222-8800 to make an appointment. My office is at 1141 Lincoln Square in Long Branch. 

HINT: Refusing a breathalyzer test does not necessarily help a drunk driver circumvent the law and avoid guilt, because “implied consent” means that once a driver gets in the car, he or she accepts an implied contract to take an alcohol test if deemed necessary.