Every 120 seconds someone is injured in a drunk driving accident, and every 51 minutes someone is killed in a drunk driving accident. That equals about 27 people each day. Impaired driving continues to be a serious traffic safety issue for the entire country. Each and every accident that occurs due to intoxicated driving can be prevented. By simply not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
What is a DUI
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal driving offense in all states. These encompass dangerous driving impairment caused by alcohol consumption, drugs, or even prescription medications. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people die every day as a result of drunk driving accidents, and about one in three people will suffer from a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
Penalties typically include fines, suspension of licenses, and jail time. Depending on the situation, penalties can be increased for repeat offenders or the level of intoxication. If an accident occurs, drunk drivers may be subject to endangerment charges or involuntary manslaughter if death occurs.
Possible Jail Time
If the police determine probable cause to arrest someone for driving under the influence, they will be taken to jail. The average jail time is 10 days and up to 6 months but it will vary from person to person depending on the situation. In some states, you can have someone pay your bail and be released. However, a growing number of states are making jail time mandatory.
Expenses that are typically incurred with a DUI conviction include towing and impound costs, bail, court costs and legal fees, license reinstatement fees, increased insurance premiums, probation fees, and loss of income. The list can go on and on. There are certain states that require ignition devices and ankle bracelets.
Can Come With Restrictions
Following a DUI conviction, your sentence will include a loss of driving privileges for a period of time. You might face license suspension, restriction, or even revocation. License suspension can range from 90 days to 12 months depending on the state and the nature of the offense. Most often, individuals will have to meet certain requirements to get their licenses reinstated.
In some states, if you refuse to submit to sobriety tests, your driver’s license can be suspended immediately.
Probation Period is a Possibility
It’s entirely possible that an individual convicted of a DUI offense can be placed on probation, even if you are not sentenced to jail time. This will require an individual not to use alcohol or other drugs, and not be in places that serve alcohol like bars or clubs. While on probation, individuals are assigned a probation officer whom they must notify if they wish to leave the city or state.
DUI’s are costly, burdensome, and embarrassing. The consequences can last for years and can be serious, sometimes fatal. The best way to avoid this? Simply don’t operate any sort of vehicle after consuming alcohol.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the recklessness of a drunk driver, contact Friedman Law Offices. Our attorneys are qualified in many different practice areas and will work for your rights.