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Drunk and drugged driving charges are very serious

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when you aren't in your right mind is a bad idea, no matter the cause of why you aren't in your right mind. Our previous blog post discussed how you can face criminal charges because of drugged driving. This is a similar charge to drunk driving.

Drugged driving can lead to criminal charges

When you drive, you must be in your right mind so that you can drive safely. If you have been drinking or have taken any medications or drugs, you might not be able to legally drive. Some people don't realize that they can face criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs.

Think about the variables that might impact your DUI defense

When you are accused of drunk driving, there are a lot of variables that can impact how your case is resolved. Each of those variables is a potential defense point. We know that you might have some questions about what variables you need to focus on when you are trying to decide on a defense. This isn't always an easy decision to make, but we can help you sort through the case and determine what to do.

How to determine whether or not to take a Breathalyzer test

Different states interpret a driver's refusal to take a Breathalyzer test differently. In some cases, in acquiring a driver's license, an individual consents to having their blood, breath, or urine obtained and tested by an officer when drunk driving is suspected. In others, while a driver can refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test or having their blood alcohol content (BAC) tested, there are still penalties for doing so. These may be far less serious than risks associated with blowing over the limit.

Understand what might happen after an alleged drunk driving crash

Drunk driving accidents add another element to drunk driving cases because these incidents often lead to additional criminal charges. In some cases, they can also lead to civil claims against you. Criminal and civil cases occur in different courts, so they are independent of each other. This means that you can be found not guilty of the drunk driving related charges, but still be found liable in civil court. The opposite can also happen.

Consider the goal of your DUI defense

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the reasons why a police officer might initiate a traffic stop when he or she thinks that a driver is drunk. The reasonable suspicion concept is one that can come into the picture when you opt to pursue a defense strategy for claims made against you in court. We know that you might have some concerns about how this might affect your case. We can help you evaluate the options you have so you can make a determination.

Reasonable suspicion for a stop might be questioned in a defense

Drunk driving traffic stops are one way that police officers can stop drunk drivers from harming themselves or other people. For the people who are facing these charges, this isn't much of a consolation. If you are facing charges for drunk driving, you have to work on your defense. This can encompass many points. One of these is why you were pulled over in the first place.

Why it's legal to stop cars at a DUI checkpoint

No one wants to see a DUI checkpoint up ahead on the road. Even if you haven't been drinking, the thought of encountering law enforcement offices can be frightening. These checkpoints cost money, so they're most often used on heavy-drinking holidays like New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July.

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