Driving under the influence is one of those ubiquitous social taboos that no one thinks will ever happen to them. Everyone knows at least one person who has gotten one, but somehow everyone still thinks they aren’t going to get one. This, of course, is not necessarily the case. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about DUI.
1. A 0.01% BAC Could Result in a Charge
Sure, DUI usually means driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher — unless you’re under the age of 21. It’s common knowledge that the legal limit is 0.08%, but that does not actually apply to everyone. Minors under the age of 21 can be arrested and charged with DUI with a BAC as little as 0.01%. It is important to make sure that people are aware of this and make sure that no one under the age of 21 drinks and drives. Responsibility is key.
2. You Do Not Have to Do Sobriety Tests
Many people are aware of the types of chemical and field sobriety tests there are that law enforcement officers use to gauge your ability to drive. There’s the breathalyzer, the horizontal gaze test, and blood and urine tests. What you probably don’t know is that you actually aren’t required by law to submit to them. Opting not to take them does often come with a penalty, but whether or not you actually submit to the test is up to you.
3. The Consequences Can Be Pretty Bad
No one actually thinks DUI is a good thing, but many people don’t realize just how bad the consequences can be. It’s more than just a fine and a slap on the wrist. Besides shame and humiliation, you’ll have to go through the process of finding a lawyer, paying DUI defense attorney fees, and go through a DUI trial. Additionally, you may be facing jail time, fees, fines, and license suspension or revocation.
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