Drunk Driving & DWI Effects

Every two hours, three people die in a DWI/DUI accident according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Mothers against Drunk Driving have been investing time, energy and money for over 30 years bringing awareness to the public that driving under the influence, with alcohol or illegal drugs, is preventable. People who are arrested for DUIs had other options that they could have used, but chose not to. Over four million men and women surveyed admitted to driving at least once during the past year while under the influence.

If you or someone you love was stopped and arrested for a DUI, it is wise to obtain an experienced DWI defense attorney such as Baca Law Firm. The BAC or the Blood Alcohol Content determines the amount of alcohol in the system, and the legal limit in all 50 states is .08, though you can be arrested at lower levels if drugs were found in the vehicle, there was reckless driving involved or an accident occurred.

The penalties involved in the first DUI typically total over $10,000, and the costs will rise with the second, third and fourth DUI. These are the minimum in most states for the first offense.

• Court fines are approximately $2,000 plus court costs.
• Driver’s license is suspended for three months.
• Up to 30 days in jail.
• Defensive driving school.
• DUI School is required for 12 classes @ $30 each.
• Attorney’s fees average $3,000-$7,000 depending on the charge.

This is the high cost of making that one trip that you thought you could get away with under the influence, maybe going home from a bar or restaurant or driving from one friend’s house to another. Most people realize that this is too high of a price to pay, and when a drunk driving accident, injury or death has also occurred, the cost is even higher.  Seeking an attorney like Berenson & Associates is your best option when such instances occur.

Here are five tips to use when going out, and there will be drinking involved.

1. Be prepared to call a taxi, and then it won’t be a shock.
2. Have a designated driver, and keep them with you all night.
3. If the situations change, and more alcohol is consumed then planned, leave the vehicle overnight and pick it up in the morning.
4. Include food as the night progresses because this slows the digestion of alcohol.
5. Take the responsibility to plan travel into the evening. It only takes one police officer to pull you over, and the effects last for the next year.