Drinking & Driving Advice from a Lawyer: Don’t Do It!

It is never a good idea to drink and drive. You not only risk your own life, but the lives of others. The numbers do not lie; almost half of every auto-related death is from alcohol. Take it from Waitz and Downer Attorneys at Law; driving drunk is not something to mess around with. There are numerous consequences that come from getting caught driving under the influence (DUI).

  • Getting arrested

If an officer suspects that you are driving while intoxicated, you could face a sobriety, breathalyzer, or blood test. If it is confirmed that you are under the influence, you could face immediate arrest. Even if you refuse to take the test, you can be arrest under the suspicion of a DUI. This is especially true if you have caused major damage to property or injury to another individual.

  • Suspension of driver’s license

Some states have harsh penalties when it comes to DUI-related incidents. This includes suspension of your driver’s license. If you refuse a breathalyzer test once in custody, that can lead to an automatic suspension of your license for up to a year. If you have been caught driving under the influence in the past, this can also lead to a long-term suspension of your license.

  • Substantial penalties

Besides loss of your license, you could face significant monetary penalties and even jail time for a DUI. A good DUI attorney may be able to lower your fines, but they are going to have a hard time keeping you out of jail on a murder charge if you killed someone. Remember driving drunk is a choice, just do not do it.

  • Long-term effects

Even if your lawyer manages to reduce your fines or keep you out of prison, you face a possible criminal record. This will follow you for years to come and could have serious long-term impacts to your life. There is also the possibility of you getting sued by another individual or their family if you injured or caused the death of another.

For all of these situations, you will probably need to hire yourself a lawyer to manage any court appearances or handle future repercussions.  It is in your best interest to hire a DUI attorney who can help you navigate the consequences of a DUI. We highly recommend avoiding a DUI situation at all costs. However, if you are in need of proper representations, contact the offices of Waitz and Downer. Our lawyers are well-versed in DUI law.