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Posted by Brian on Sep 30, 2014

Criminal Charges Related to Drinking and Driving

There are generally four types of crimes that are directly referred to as alcohol-related, and DUI/DWI is one of them and is perhaps considered the most dangerous of all. Although there are states that only consider DUI/DWI (Driving Under the Influence/Driving While Intoxicated) as misdemeanors, there are others who consider it a criminal offense, and often give hefty penalties for those who have been charged with them.

According to the website of Alexander & Associates, DUI/DWI already carries with it severe penalties, but there are circumstances or situations that can further cause enhanced penalties. Aggravated DUI/DWI can either increase the range of possible sentences or increase the level of criminal charges. These can depend on the state that you are in, and it is therefore wise to understand the driving laws in your state in order to know your rights and how you can protect yourself from DUI/DWI criminal charges.

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels are generally used to help determine whether a motorist is committing DUI/DWI. The general BAC limit is 0.08%, and those who are over the limit are considered a danger and can be charged. However, if the BAC level is extremely high, you may run the risk of greater prison terms as well as steeper fines. Additionally, the presence of minors in the vehicle can result to aggravated DUI/DWI.

Those who have been charged multiple times for DUI/DWI, especially if they occurred in other states, can cause higher sentences or fines after being caught. Those with suspended or revoked driver’s license are also in danger of harsher punishments, and these are generally given in order to dissuade motorists from committing the crime or causing danger or harm to others. Because of the many complications that a aggravated DUI/DWI can cause, the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter says that consulting with a lawyer who understand criminal law can be beneficial to individuals facing criminal charges. Make sure to find someone who understands how to properly evaluate the evidence and present as well as protect your rights in court.

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