Driving laws have changed significantly over the past few years, as have the penalties for DUI offenses. Driving Under the Influence carries very stiff penalties, including jail time in many cases. Repeated convictions of DUI can result in permanent revocation of the offender’s driver’s license as well as many years in prison.
In the United States, the legal age for drinking is 21. Those caught drinking and driving under this age are automatically arrested for underage consumption of alcohol. In addition, the blood alcohol content or BAC is now 0.08 percent for all adults. Those caught exceeding this limit can be arrested for drinking and driving.
Of course, the first offense typically just carries with it a strict warning. Many may be forced to pay fines and court fees and some may serve minimal time in a county jail cell. Those caught with multiple DUI offenses are consider an HMVO or Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender. These persons may find their licenses revoked for two or more years and may be sentenced to five or more years in prison. Most states in the Nation have now increased their penalties for habitual drinking and driving. Repeat DUI convictions are now seeing more jail time. The fines have increased as well and the act of receiving a hardship license, which typically allows offenders to travel back and forth to places such as work and doctor’s visits, is now more difficult than ever.
For those who are facing multiple DUI offenses, an attorney is needed. Finding an attorney can help you to see a reduced charge and/or saving yourself money and jail time. The sentence and other penalties that are imposed by a judge are mandated by laws within each state. In many states, repeat offenders may spend more time in jail. In fact, many states now send first time offenders to lengthy jail sentences.
Habitual Violator Laws are in effect in many states. These laws mandate the penalties for those with three or more DUI convictions. Repeat offenders may lose basic civil rights as a result of repeat offenses. Having the right to own certain weapons and even vote can be taken away.
For those who lose their driver’s licenses, many states require the completion of DUI School and an assessment program prior to being reissued a license. These schools have gotten lengthier in terms of required classroom time. Offenders must also complete an assessment interview. A professional counselor is used and must make the decision on whether the offender is ready to receive his or her license again.
Overall, repeatedly being convicted of DUI can cost thousands of dollars and years of time according to the DUI Lawyer Site. Those who are involved in vehicle accidents are now accountable for all damages incurred as a result of their drinking and driving. These costs alone can easily reach into the millions. Simply put, it is never a good idea to get behind the wheel of an automobile if you have been drinking. The civil liabilities alone could bankrupt someone with even a sizeable annual income.