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Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is dangerous. When you choose to drink and drive, you are putting yourself at risk as well as other drivers on public roadways. For this reason, all states have strict DUI laws and penalties. If you are stopped by police and they have probable cause to believe you have been drinking and driving, they will begin a DUI investigation.

What Happens During A DUI Investigation?

In most cases, you will be asked to take a breathalyzer test. This is a quicker and easier method than taking a blood or urine test, which must be administered by professional medical personnel. If after given a breath test your BAC is .08% or higher, you will be arrested for DUI. This is the legal limit all 50 states have adopted in order to secure highway funding from the federal government. Police may also ask you to take a field sobriety test to help them determine whether or not you may be intoxicated. In the unfortunate event that you are arrested for DUI, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately.

What Penalties Will I Face If I’m Convicted Of DUI?

Depending on the state you live in and the circumstances surrounding your case, you may have your driver’s license suspended and be ordered to complete community service. Expensive fines, alcohol education classes, substance abuse treatment, probation and even jail time may also be part of your sentencing.

Is it Worth It To Hire A DUI Defense Lawyer?

The short answer is yes. A DUI will go on your criminal record and can haunt you for the rest of your life. When employers, schools or landlords conduct a background check, they may pass you by if they see a DUI on your criminal record. A DUI is also very costly and an experienced attorney who has a dedicated practice to DUI defense can help save you money and a lot of heartache.

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