Dealing with a DUI charge

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant is considered a crime in all states. The offense is more formally known as a DUI. A DUI conviction may result in heavy fines, criminal record and even jail time. In some cases, driving privileges may also be taken away. Drunk driving is dangerous and can cause death or serious injuries to the parties involved. According to statistics, one person is fatally injured due to drunk driving every 48 mins in the US.

If an accident takes place, the police officer may develop reasonable suspicion that a law may have been violated. One of the first questions asked by the police officer at such instances is if the driver had been drinking or was under influence of any drugs. Further investigation is then carried out. If all evidence points to the fact that the driver was most likely under the influence of drugs (based on a BAC test) then there is probable cause for the officer to arrest the motorist for drunk driving. Only valid evidence gives the police officer a reason to arrest the individual under a DUI offense.

Drivers who make the decision to drive while intoxicated may be financially liable for the consequences if a mishap occurs. Victims of DUI accidents may exercise their rights to a compensation claim. They may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, mental and physical suffering.

If you are a victim of an accident caused by drunk driving, you should get familiar with the rights you have. Hiring an attorney might be just the thing you need. A skilled attorney would analyze the evidence and work for your best interest.

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