Driving while intoxicated by drugs creates a dangerous situation for both the users and other drivers. The consequences may be severe and long-term, or even permanent.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 32 individuals die each day as a result of drunk driving. There are also legal penalties for those caught in the act of intoxicated driving. Since driving under the influence is such a serious topic, individuals often have similar questions about it.
1. What happens if nobody actually saw you driving?
If you happen to be in the driver’s seat of a running vehicle and have a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, you may still end up arrested and convicted of DUI as long as there is evidence that someone drove the automobile. However, if the vehicle is at rest when the police catch you, then you have a potential defense against DUI charges.
2. Do you have the right to refuse a blood or breath test?
You may refuse blood or breath tests if stopped by a police officer. However, by doing so, you open yourself up to certain penalties, including driver’s license suspension and fees, depending on if you have a previous refusal or DUI on your record. The punishment for a DUI conviction may also be more severe if you refuse to do tests.
3. Is DUI only for alcohol and illicit drugs?
Prescription medicine may also lead to a DUI conviction if it is in your blood to a level where it may impair your driving ability. You may also end up on DUI charges if you ingested a mix of alcohol, drugs and prescription medicine.
A DUI is a serious charge. It is important to be aware of the facts, including your rights.