If you think only one type of DUI exists, you are not alone because many people share that thought. The truth is that you could face one of many types of DUIs if the police arrest you for driving under the influence of alcohol.
In addition to a variety of other factors, the type of DUI with which the police charge you can impact the penalties you will face. Learning about the various types of DUI charges and the ways they can affect your life helps you understand what you are facing.
A standard DUI is what most people picture when they hear the term. The police will pull over a vehicle and run several tests to determine if the driver is impaired. If the driver's blood-alcohol content is .08 percent or higher, the police can place her under arrest and issue a DUI charge.
In these cases, the driver will need to pay a fine between $100 and several thousand dollars, and the court could also impose jail time. Most jurisdictions force those convicted of a DUI to take a driver safety course before they can regain their driving privileges. If you face a DUI charge and don't have any other marks on your criminal record, it should not be too hard to get your life back on track.
If you get more than one DUI violation, you will start facing progressively worse consequences. For example, the court might order you to spend even more time behind bars, and the cost of your fines will also rise. Some people find themselves facing a third or fourth violation, and they will likely lose their ability to drive for many years.
Having several DUIs on your criminal background increases your insurance rate and makes it that much harder to find a job. Do your best to avoid this situation because the trouble is not worth it. Those who fall into this trap often wish they had selected a different path but no longer have the option.
Many locations will raise a standard DUI charge to an aggravated DUI if you break more than one law while driving under the influence. One example is a driver who is drunk and also running red lights, and those who commit such offenses will not have a good time in court. When the police do a traffic stop on someone for an aggravated DUI, the fallout will depend on the laws the driver was breaking and how much over the limit the driver was when arrested.
Drivers can face felony DUI charges if the police pull them over and find other serious violations. If the police issue a DUI charge to a drunken driver, the court will raise the charge to a felony if the driver had a suspended license. Those who drive drunk with children in the car can also find themselves on the wrong side of a felony DUI charge. If you get a felony DUI, you could spend several years behind bars and steep fines that are next to impossible to pay.
If the police charge you with a DUI and you hold a CDL, the game changes in a negative way. You can lose your license for up to a year on your first offense, and additional violations could cause you to lose your license for up to ten years. The fines and possible jail time you can face are also much worse if you are caught driving while drunk.
Although you must have a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher to get charged in most situations, that is not how it works when you are on the job. The police can give you a DUI if you are driving a commercial vehicle and have a blood-alcohol content of .04 percent or higher.
Final ThoughtsYou now know about the different types of DUIs you could face if you are pulled over by the police. You should contact a talented legal team no matter what kind of DUI charge you are facing, and doing so reduces the fallout and improves your odds of achieving a fair outcome.
If you value your future and want to protect yourself from harm, getting a lawyer on your side is the only safe bet. It gives you peace of mind and lets you put your worries to rest. When you are ready to defend your rights and refuse to settle for nothing but the best representation possible, contact Foley Griffin, LLP.