Operating a car, motorcycle, truck, aircraft, or any other mode of transportation while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is against federal and state laws. Drunk driving offenses are considered very serious crimes and are punished as such in a court of law. Because of the raised awareness of the negative effects of drunk driving as well as pressure from activist groups, judges, law enforcement, and politicians, the number of DUI convictions is likely to increase across the nation. This will make it very hard for individuals facing drunk driving charges to get a fair trial.
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, it is vital to consult with a skilled and aggressive criminal law attorney who can protect your legal rights and interests and help reduce or dismiss your charges. Please contact the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers Criminal Defense for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Drunk Driving: Punishments and Penalties
In essence, drunk driving–also called a DUI, OUI, or DWI–refers to a person’s inability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle as a consequence of substance abuse, whether the substance is narcotics, alcohol, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs. However, drunk driving laws vary depending on the state you live, and the penalties for DUI convictions usually depend on various factors such as parole status, prior convictions, and more. The punishments for a drunk driving offense may include, but are not limited to:
- Jail sentence
- Significant fines
- Revocation of driver’s license
- Vehicle impounded
- Court ordered rehabilitation
Drunk Driving Defenses
At Jacoby & Meyers, our distinguished criminal law attorneys know how important it is to develop a solid legal defense for our clients. We are committed to working vigorously to ensure your legal rights and interests are protected every step of the way. We can evaluate your case and help build a drunk driving defense based on improper testing, insufficient evidence, illegal traffic stop, and/or your innocence to minimize or dismiss your charges.