The term DUI stands for Driving Under Influence and it varies from state to state. Some jurisdictions call it DWI or OWI or OVI. Regardless of the name, this serious crime has become a pandemic problem in our societies.
Many research have proven that people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol cause many of the traffic crashes. According to statistics, in 2014 alone, more than 9,960 people were brutally killed and about 290,000 injured, some severely, as a result of impaired driving.
It is very important to see beyond numbers and feel the impact that this preventable problem has on each person affected and the society at large. Each crash, each death, each injury impacts not just the impaired person, who caused the crash, but the family, friends of all people adversely affected; and the entire society, one way or another. The Economic costs of such crashes are estimated to be a staggering amount of $132 Billion Dollars, year after year.
Consequently, lawmakers in various jurisdictions have legislated different laws to deal with this problem. For instance in some jurisdictions it is a crime to be in control of a vehicle, while intoxicated. Thus if you are holding the key to a vehicle, while sitting on the driver's seat, even if the vehicle is parked, you could be charged with DUI. Yet in some other jurisdictions, DUI charges would only be laid, if a person were actually driving the vehicle, while impaired.
Depending on jurisdiction, various methods are utilized to examine, breath, blood or urine samples to determine the level of intoxication and whether it reaches the illegal limit.
Please Note: All 50 states have set .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal limit to be charged with driving under the influence. For commercial operators, it is even less: only .04% can result in a DUI or DWI conviction, nationwide!
For people under 21 years of age, who are driving or are in control of a vehicle, depending on jurisdiction, there is a zero tolerance limit―even the smallest amount of alcohol is grounds for a DUI or DWI arrest.
As you can see operating a vehicle while impaired is a costly proposition and it may cost you or another human beings' life. Therefore an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
After all, being convicted of the crime of DUI or DWI can adversely affect your life in more ways than you may be aware of, including loss of employment, prevention of employment in certain jobs, higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment. Not to mention, having that conviction on your driving records for years―if not forever!
Nonetheless, a person charged with DUI or DWI has a constitutional right to be represented by a Competent Lawyer. That is because our judicial system is based on “Presumption of the Innocence.”
This means that the Government (Prosecutor) must prove all elements of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt. All evidence must be procured lawfully and each witness has a legal duty to tell the truth.
Moreover, the 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution gives a clear right to the accused to have a competent lawyer on his or side to make sure that all requirements of the law and procedures are complied with. For instance, a prosecutor must prove that the proper testing was conducted to determine the legal boundaries of the intoxication. Was the equipment used, properly calibrated? Was the officer administering the test properly trained to use the equipment? Were there any contaminations perpetrated by negligently or volitionally, etc.?
This is why choosing a Competent, Experienced and Mindful Lawyer could make a huge difference.
Once you have chosen your Lawyer, you should bring along any court documentation that show the charges against you and the next court date; bail documents; the police report, any other related documents you have on hand, regarding your case.
Once the attorney examines such documents, he or she would be able to give you an estimate of costs and time needed to deal with your case, professionally!
One of the side effects of DUI or DWI is the Lawyers' fees, and other costs such as court costs, expert witness cost, etc., which could mount up to a considerable amount. However, an Experienced and Ethical Lawyer should be able to give you a good estimate of all costs. Here are simple questions to ask your Chosen Lawyer:
• Do you bill by the hour or a flat fee?
• What is included in your rate? What is not?
• What kinds of related legal expenses will I have to pay?
• What forms of payment do you accept?
• Could I pay the fees over time?
You should always remember this: The Rules of Professional Responsibility mandate that lawyers' fees must be reasonable, in light of the work to be done.
Do not hire any lawyer, who is not clear on estimated costs or is evasive and agitated about his or her fees.
If a lawyer tells you that he or she knows the judge or the prosecutor or the jury, and will definitely reduce the severity of your offense or get you off the hook, because of personal influences... Do not ever contact that lawyer again. That is because he or she just broke the law; and he or she could be severely punished or even disbarred for this comment, regardless of its veracity.
A Competent and Ethical Lawyer will zealously defend your rights, within the boundaries of law. He or she may give you a general prediction of the outcome of your case, but never a Guarantee!
Regardless of the nature of a crime, an Ethical, Experienced and Mindfully Compassionate Lawyer will not judge the accused. That is the job of the Judge and/or the Jury. The job of a Competent Lawyer is to zealously uphold his or her clients' Legal Rights! Bar None!
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