Drunk driving is sometimes called driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). All 50 states and the District of Columbia have per se laws defining it as a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above a proscribed level, 0.08 percent. The number of alcoholic beverages (drinks) consumed is often a poor measure of blood alcohol content because of variations in sex, body weight, and body fat. Depending on your sex, weight, and body fat this DUI level can be achieved with only 2 or 3 drinks. And it takes approximately 40 minutes to drop 0.01 BAC.
In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. In 1982, alcohol-related deaths represented 57.3% of that year’s 43,945 total traffic fatalities. In addition, a study done by the National Highway Safety Administration reported that the risk of a driver with a 0.10% blood alcohol content (BAC) being in fatal accident is many times greater than a driver with a 0.08% BAC. Numerous NIH-funded studies over the last three decades established the effectiveness of raising the minimum legal drinking age to 21 in reducing both drinking and alcohol-related crashes among persons under age 21. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that such laws, now in effect in all states, prevent 1,000 traffic deaths each year.
So what if you get a DUI? You may see several consequences including: Jail time, Fines, Restitution, Probation, In or out of state driver’s license suspension, Suspension of commercial drivers license (CDL), Increased auto insurance premiums or dropped coverage, Mandatory ignition interlock device Alcohol or drug treatment. A DUI can be very costly. I know people who said that the costs of trying to get minimal consequences from a DUI cost as little at $5,000 and in many cases over $10,000.
If you get caught with a DUI in the Tacoma Washington area you will probably want to contact Cristine Beckwith, Attorney at Law. The DUI laws are very harsh in WA where driving under the influence is a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5000 fine. Because there are important defenses to a drinking and driving arrest and this makes it necessary to have an experienced DUI defense lawyer advocating for you. Experienced is the key word here. Cristine Beckwith has worked with hundreds of DUI clients and understands the laws. With you money, freedom and perhaps job on the line don’t take a chance with another lawyer. Need some examples? Vist her website here.
Did you know that after you have been charged civilly with a DUI in WA, you are entitled to an administrative hearing before the Department of Licensing to dispute any driver’s license revocation? But you have a limited amount of days to submit the required form. This type of information is why an experienced lawyer for dui is necessary. And if you are serving in the US Military and based out of Fort Lewis or McChord Air Force Base you won’t want to take a chance without an attorney. Because laws are different for military cases vs. civilian cases lawyer Cristine is familiar with the law and consequences. Don’t take a chance in loosing your military career or right to possess a firearm.