DUI Frequently Asked Questions

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Due to the fact that "driving under the influence" (DUI) is the most routinely committed crime in the United States, it makes sense to conclude that many individuals have more than a few questions about this topic.

As a result of the pervasiveness of DUIs as well as the serious outcomes that are related to DUI-related fatalities, injuries, and accidents, we are listing some of the most frequently asked questions about driving under the influence.

What is "DUI"?

DUI is an acronym for "driving under the influence." A person is guilty of DUI if he or she drives a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drug, prescription or otherwise, to the extent that his or her mental faculties and/or physiological responses are impaired or when his or her blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) is above the legal limit for the state in which he or she is driving. At the time of this writing, the legal limit regarding blood alcohol concentration in all 50 states in the United States is .08%.

The consequences of driving under the influence (DUI) can be extensive, both from a legal and an emotional perspective. Considering the substantial number of injuries and deaths that are related to DUI throughout the United States, many state law makers have become infuriated with this lack of personal and social accountability and, as a result, are imposing more stringent penalties on offenders.

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Why do I need a DUI lawyer?

Having a DUI defense attorney can make the entire DUI experience far less stressful.

In addition, a DUI attorney can answer your questions, prepare you for the proceedings each and every step of the way, and ensure that if there is a way to help you within the law, he or she will find this way.

Being arrested for DUI can elicit feelings of depression, anger, embarrassment, and fear. People from all walks of life have been arrested for DUI.

Keep in mind that the more control you take over in your life now, including educating yourself about current DUI laws, the greater peace of mind you will probably experience.

Due to the fact that you are in a vulnerable situation, you need to consult with an attorney you can trust.

DUI lawyers work within this specialized area of the law. They have access to legal techniques, research data, and information of which other lawyers may not be aware.

DUI attorneys understand the system and offer you a better chance to retain your freedom than you would have by representing yourself OR by hiring an attorney who is not trained about DUI law.

If you have been charged with DUI you need an attorney who will aggressively represent your legal rights through the complexities involved in a DUI case.

DUI lawyers are able to assist you every step of the way through the criminal process and help you find the answers you need.

What should I do if I am stopped by a police officer and he asks me if I've been drinking?

Even though most DUI attorneys recommend that you act politely, provide your name, and give various documents like your proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and driver's license to the police officer, you should know that you are not legally mandated to answer any other questions.

Indeed, you have the right to contact an attorney before you answer any questions other than giving your name and providing the documents discussed above and you have the right to remain silent.

Also remember, on the other hand, that if you do make up your mind to answer other questions, your answers can be used by your DUI attorney AND by the prosecution.

Can I represent myself in court for regarding my DUI? What can a DUI lawyer do for me?

Even though it is typically not a good idea, in truth, yes, you can represent yourself regarding your DUI case.

"Driving under the influence" and "drunk driving" are extremely complicated charges that entail serious penalties and outcomes.

There's a host of complicated sentencing, license, procedural, constitutional, administrative, and evidentiary issues that are best addressed and handled by hiring a DUI lawyer.

Can I request an independent blood test when I am stopped for a DUI?

You have the right to get any independent, third-party evidence that can help prove your innocence.

If you think that an "outside" blood test may help with your DUI case, you can go to the hospital of your choice and ask them for a sample of your blood so they can test it for alcohol content.

Make sure to get this done as soon as possible after your arrest and also make sure to document the date and the time that the test was taken.

By the way, you will most likely be responsible for payment of this blood test.

What if I lose my license from a DUI but continue to drive?

If an individual whose license has been suspended or revoked due to "driving under the influence" chooses to drive without a valid driver's license and is pulled over by the police, he or she stands to suffer more severe consequences, including extension of the license suspension or revocation, forfeiture of his or her vehicle, and possible fines and imprisonment.

Clearly, it makes much more sense to rely on family, friends, and public transportation for your rides while your license is revoked or suspended.

What happens when a citizen calls 911 to report a suspected drunk driver?

The 911 dispatcher, in most states, will ask the caller for the vehicle license plate number, a description of the vehicle (such as the make, model, and color), and the exact location of the vehicle.

The 911 dispatcher will usually forward this information to police officers who are in the field so that they can "follow-through" with this information.

What is a SR-22?

Essentially, a SR-22 is a form that must be filed by the insurance company to the corresponding state department of motor vehicles stating that vehicle liability insurance is in effect for a specific person.

The SR-22 is often required when the person was involved in a traffic accident, the judge has ordered an SR-22 for other reasons (such as a DUI), or when insurance has been issued to an individual who has been convicted of a traffic offense and was unable to prove his or her financial responsibility.

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What happens if I'm supposed to appear in court for a DUI and I can't make it?

In the vast majority of DUI cases, your lawyer can appear in court for you. This is another reason why it is logical for you to hire a DUI attorney if you are arrested for DUI.

Indeed, your question about you having to appear in court is an excellent question for your lawyer.

Can a DUI lawyer guarantee that the outcome of my DUI case will turn out to my benefit?

No DUI attorney can guarantee that the DUI proceedings will be resolved entirely or guarantee the outcome of a DUI case.

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