Don't Let a DUI Charge Ruin Your Holidays

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With Christmas and New Years Eve fast approaching, so do the occurrences of DUI arrests. As you make your way home from holiday parties, office events, family gatherings or neighborhood celebrations, be very careful - the police are aggressive this time of year.

The best thing you can do during the holidays is avoid driving if you've been drinking alcohol. Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is operating a road vehicle after having consumed alcohol beyond legal limits or taking other drugs to the point of being impaired. Being legally intoxicated while operating a vehicle will get you charged with DUI. The threshold is typically with a breath, blood or urine test, where a blood alcohol level exceeds 0.08%. DUI is classified as a criminal charge and can be a misdemeanor or felony.

Penalties for a DUI vary state to state. In California, if law enforcement stops you and takes samples of your blood alcohol level and you refuse to submit to the test, your drivers license will be suspended even if you are not guilty. In California, the reporting period for all DUI offenses are now 10 years, including insurance companies. Insurance companies examine your records and determine your eligibility for a good drivers discount. Drivers with DUI violations that occurred within 10 years are not entitled to receive discounts.

DUI charges are serious and if you get charged with a DUI, you should seek the help of a DUI lawyer. You may lose your drivers license, be placed in jail and be faced with significant fees. Insurance rates will increase and your conviction will show up and stay on your criminal record, which could impact your future employment opportunities and insurance rates. A DUI lawyer focuses on your case and makes a difference in the outcome of your charge.

It is important to choose a defense lawyer who is dedicated to defending your DUI offense. DUI lawyers know the consequences of drunk driving and can help you save your drivers license and even help dismiss your DUI charge. Contact Attorney Search Network today to find a DUI lawyer near you.

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