Drinking and driving is a hazard to yourself and others, which is part of the reason why it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Not all people who appear intoxicated are, though, so it's important for the appropriate tests to be taken to determine if your BAC is actually over the limit.
When you decide to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and are tired, distracted or intoxicated, you probably already know it's a bad idea. You may think you're feeling well enough to get home safely, but what if you aren't? If you aren't, you put yourself at risk of being arrested or causing a crash.
Although you know that drinking and driving is not a smart decision, you still got behind the wheel and drove while intoxicated. You were rightfully pulled over, but you don't want to face time in jail or penalties for your actions. You thought your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was low enough to drive, and you were able to perform the roadside sobriety tests accurately. The only problem is that you blew a .08 percent on the Breathalyzer.
If you have a medical condition that can make you dizzy, give you panic attacks or otherwise change how you act in a given situation, you may find that you become falsely accused of being drunk. Several medical conditions result in the appearance of being drunk including diabetes, seizures and narcolepsy.
If you've received a DUI charge and now have to go to court, you may be worried that life as you know it will change forever. The truth is that minor DUI charges have a minimal impact on your ability to drive, but they can impact your life for a significant amount of time in the future. A DUI may affect your social life, your job and your home in ways that aren't always predictable.
Even though Rhode Island is a small state, it takes DUIs extremely seriously. If you are convicted of a DUI in Rhode Island, you'll lose your license. If this isn't your first offense, you could lose your license for a longer period of time, face heavy fines and could even go to jail.
No one should ever be on the roads when intoxicated, but it's particularly important to be focused on the roads during the holidays. With an increase in overall traffic as well as changing weather conditions, holiday driving has the potential to be dangerous enough without additional factors like intoxication.
People make mistakes, and it's not unusual for the police to pull someone over or to arrest an individual who has been drinking and driving. The thing to remember is that it's easy to make an already bad situation worse if you're not cooperative. This story is a good example of how not to react if you're involved in a crash and come into contact with the police.
If you've been convicted of a crime in the past, one of the things you might be interested in is expunction. Expunction is a process in which your arrest or criminal conviction is sealed from the public. Once that expunction occurs, employers, landlords and others will not be able to access your past criminal record.
You were driving when you saw the flashing red and blue lights. You knew you were probably driving while intoxicated, so you didn't want to stop. You did anyway, and it was only a short time before you found yourself in the backseat of the police cruiser.