DUI laws continue to get tougher and tougher in many areas. Although they are designed to promote public safety, in many situations they may end up punishing people and damaging their careers unduly. Some people are stopped for driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint, while others are stopped because they make a driving mistake, such as temporarily crossing the center line or missing a stop sign.
In Carbondale, Pennsylvania, a 38-year-old man was arrested for DUI on a recent night just after 10:00pm. He attracted the attention of law enforcement when his vehicle temporarily crossed the double yellow line. According to the officer who stopped him, the man had an odor of alcohol, glazed eyes and slurred speech. He reportedly admitted to drinking five beers that night and later failed a sobriety test. After failing the test, he was taken to the DUI processing center for a blood alcohol test. Charges against him include driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and reckless driving, among others.
Although driving under the influence is the kind of crime that people can commit without a prior intention or much forethought, it is nevertheless a serious crime that can carry quite severe penalties. The consequences of a DUI conviction can range from revocation or suspension of a driver's license, fines, increased car insurance rates and maybe even jail time.
Many people may think it is useless to fight DUI charges, but the reality is that there are many defenses that may be available, depending on the exact circumstances. By working with an experienced DUI lawyer, a defendant may be able to identify potential issues that can cause problems for the prosecution's case. Examples include whether the police made a lawful stop justified by sufficient cause, whether the police read the defendant his or her rights, whether the blood sample was taken correctly or the Breathalyzer was administered properly and many others.
Source: Carbondale News, "Drunk driver nearly hits vehicle head-on," Tom Flannery, April 24, 2014