Driving under the influence is a charge that a lot of people are familiar with, since it can happen to pretty much anyone. DUI is one of those things that people assume will never happen to them until it does, so a lot of people put themselves at risk for a charge. Though a lot of people know the basics of driving under the influence — that it means operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol to the degree that it affects cognitive abilities or motor skills – there are a few things that people generally don’t realize about DUI.
1. You can be charged with a 0.01% BAC.
Usually when it comes to DUI, 0.08% is the blood alcohol content level that will result in a DUI charge, but a driver under the age of 21 can be charge with DUI for having a BAC of as little as 0.01%. It’s important to teach young drivers the importance of driving safely and avoiding alcohol until they’re of age.
2. Sobriety tests are optional.
Another thing that a lot of people don’t know about DUI is that a driver who has been pulled over is not actually legally required to submit to taking a sobriety test. This is generally evidence that can be used in a DUI trial, but people who are pulled over on’t actually have to take them. There is, however, usually a penalty for refusal, like automatic suspension of the license.
3. Just how bad the consequences are.
Many people know that the consequences of a DUI charge can be pretty bad, but not how bad they can actually be. First of all, there is a terrible social stigma that can come form a DUI charge. Then there are the monetary costs which run up to an average of $10,000 in the United States. Then drivers can face license suspension or revocation as well as jail time. This is why hiring a local DUI defense attorney is so important.
Did you know any of these things about driving under the influence? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.