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Five Things To Know If You Have Suffered A Personal Injury
Drunk driving is a serious crime. If you have been charged with a DUI, you may face large fines, license suspension and even jail time.
This article discusses five things you should know if you've been charged with a DUI.
1. The Legal Limit in All States Is .08 Percent.
No matter what state you are driving in, if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, you will be arrested for committing DUI. BAC is the measure of alcohol in your bloodstream.
However, you can still be arrested for drunk driving even if your BAC is under .08 percent as long as your driving was impaired by being intoxicated.
2. You Have the Right to an Attorney.
At the time of your DUI arrest, you retain several rights. For example, you have the right to remain silent. This means you can refuse to answer investigator and police questions.
You also have the right to an attorney. Different states have different laws regarding when you can contact a DUI attorney after your DUI arrest. Some require you to submit to BAC testing first. Others will withhold BAC testing for a certain amount of time until your lawyer arrives.
3.You Can Suffer Serious Penalties for Refusing a BAC Test.
Most states have what are known as implied consent laws. This means that by driving in that state, you have given your consent to submit to BAC testing. If you refuse to submit to BAC testing, you may suffer serious consequences, such as license suspension and fines.
4. Certain Factors Can Increase DUI Penalties.
In some states, certain factors can increase DUI penalties, such as:
- Causing an accident, injury or death while drunk driving
- Driving drunk with a minor as a passenger
- Driving with an excessively high BAC
- Committing a traffic violation in addition to driving drunk
5. You May Be Able to Expunge Your DUI Charge.
Some states allow drivers who have been convicted of DUI to expunge, or clear, the crime from their records. If you are interested in expunging your DUI conviction, you should talk to a knowledgeable DUI attorney near you.