Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Information on DWI and DUI Lawyers and Penalties. Note: no legal advice is available on this site, so consult a local attorney!
Find out about DWI and DUI lawyers and penalties for your state. This website is dedicated to providing information about drunk driving attorneys and legal resources. Ideally, we want to prevent any kind of drunk driving, buzzed driving, or driving under the influence of any medicines, narcotics, supplements, or mind altering substances. Driving a car is a serious responsibility and can have dangerous consequences, especially late at night when visibility and alertness are at a minimum. Unfortunately, many people each year are charged with DUI when the actual circumstances are not clear. For instance, some people have been charged because they were sleeping in their cars with the engine running, which is sometimes necessary to keep warm while “sleeping it off” when you’ve got nowhere else to go. If the car does not move, then you should not be charged with DUI, but it happens. In other cases, diabetics are mistaken for drunks because they are having a severe reaction. People have died in jail because the police did not even take the time to administer a breathalyzer or rule out other causes. There are other circumstances where breath and blood tests should be ruled out because of errors, mislabled evidence, or even burping during the test, which shows a very high false positive. A good dui lawyer can point out all of these problems and fairly administer justice where necessary. If you are responsible for DWI or impairment, it is still vital to get an attorney who can negotiate a sentence based on the factors of the case. You can often avoid jail time or license suspension, or an ignition interlock device, if an attorney can argue your case.
Another function of this website will be to educate the public on punishments for DUI in all the states of the union, particularly tough states like Arizona, Connecticut, Arkansas, Alaska, California (especially Los Angeles and Orange County) and Delaware. States like Delaware make a business out of traffic citations, since the I-95 passes through the state, so it is very important that you should be forewarned about penalties if you are a frequent motorist. Ideally, you should not drink anything before getting behind the wheel, but if you have a BAC that approaches the .08 legal limit (lower in some cases) then you may want to know what you are in for! If we can prevent drunk driving incidents, this site will have done some good.
Note that state laws and punishments for DUI can change all the time, which is why we highly recommend checking your local websites. In addition, local municipalities may also have drunk driving ordinances you are unfamiliar with. If you are interested in Canadian drunk driving laws, you should also check with your local provincial website. Finding a good dui lawyer is important because of the other penalties and charges that are associated with drunk driving. For extreme dui cases, you will want someone who is better at arguing evidence. For cases involving injuries and fatalities, lawyers are vital to preserve your rights and determine the true nature of the case. One unfortunate truth is that you don’t always have to be at fault in an accident to be found responsible, especially if alcohol is involved. In many cases people have been stopped for speeding, running a stop sign, or allegedly driving erratically, and then arrested for DUI. Whenever traffic violations are in play, you want to make sure that the police and prosecution are not adding to the list of charges, so in all cases a competent DWI attorney is highly recommended. The state pays millions of dollars every year for attorneys and prosecutors, so you should expect to have the same kind of legal knowledge on your side as well.
Notes and Special Information
Special note: Always ask a licensed professional for the best information.