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Driving Under Influence (DUI)

Your best bet when charged with a DUI crime is to speak to the criminal defense lawyers at MHM LAW GROUP, APLC who specialize in the field. Learn more.

Driving Under Influence (DUI) is referred to as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) or OUI (Operating under Influence) in different states. This criminal offence has serious penalties if the accused is convicted of the charges. The crime refers to driving while your blood alcohol content is 0.8 or greater than that. This means that you don’t necessarily have to be completely mentally and/or physically impaired to be accused of the charges. You can be charged with the crime if your blood alcohol content exceeds the minimum required threshold.

The term drunk driving is quite common, but it is misleading because you don’t actually have to be drunk to be arrested for DUI. In this case, your best option is to talk to an experienced MHM Law Group, APLC criminal defense lawyer, who can assess the situation, evaluate your options and offer you the best guidance in your specific situation.

A conviction of DUI charges can lead to a number of distressing consequences on your ability to work, drive and hold professional licenses. Due to pressure from lobby groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the law enforcers are encouraged to use a zero-tolerance approach when dealing with DUI cases. The prosecutors and judges’ fear being viewed as “soft”, therefore they take a strict measures in intoxication cases unless proven baseless by a defense attorney. The severity of the conviction penalties depend upon the alcohol content in the bloodstream. In the case that a person was injured or killed in a vehicle collision and the driver is charged of DUI, the penalties are even harsher, and warrant the need of a skilled MHM Law Group, APLC criminal defense lawyer.

The penalties for a DUI conviction include hefty fines, court-ordered rehabilitation or alcohol classes, loss of your driver’s license for up to 12 months, jail time, and possible installation of an ignition interlock device. Being charged with DUI does not necessarily mean that you are guilty and will be convicted of the charges, unless you have the knowledge and expertise to counter the prosecution, which the criminal defense lawyer at MHM Law Group, APLC can provide.

The “breathalyzers” or the common roadside sobriety tests are known for their flaws, and if they are not administered properly, they can be produce unreliable results that are inadmissible in court. Here at MHM Law Group, APLC, we have the skills, experience, resources and knowledge to administer and evaluate roadside sobriety tests and can challenge the test results. If you or your loved one has been charged with intoxication charges, you need to reach out to one of our experts as soon as possible and discuss your defense options. Know that you have a limited time window of only 15 days after the charges to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license, so don’t delay!