When someone is accused of drunk driving, the damage to their personal life and professional reputation can be permanent. There are so many penalties and consequences, both direct and indirect, that involve a DUI charge that the accused person could feel the sting of this punishment for a long time. They may not be able to find a new job or even maintain the one that they have. DUIs are especially punishing for people who have a commercial driver's license.
One of the interesting aspects to drunk driving cases is the way they are treated by the media. It has become standard for new organizations to immediately patronize drunk driving suspects when a DUI story breaks out. Whether that occurs or not, the story could also be accompanied by smarmy takes that point out the behavior or actions of a person accused of driving drunk, forgetting that person's humanity for a moment just to take a shot at some humor.
A new study performed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving makes a very interesting claim: that ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are having a dramatic impact on the world of drunk driving. More specifically, these ride-sharing services are greatly decreasing the number of people who drive drunk out on the road.
In the last few weeks we have written quite a bit on the topic of drunk driving, and how it can legally affect you. We have talked about the incredible weight of a DUI charge for a repeat offender; we have talked about the flaws of the testing systems in place for people accused of driving under the influence; and we have talked about the many laws that are in play in any given DUI case, and how they can impact the penalties and consequences involved in the case.
Many people all across this great country are accused of driving under the influence every year. Some of them see their cases dismissed, others aren't so lucky. But one question that many people may not fully think about is how, exactly, would someone accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs defend their case. What would they say to justify or defend their behavior?
As everyone knows, every state in the United States follows the 0.08 blood alcohol limit for drivers. Anyone who breaks this law is subject to a DUI charge, and they could suffer very serious consequences as a result. But the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) doesn't think that the 0.08 limit is low enough, and they are pushing lawmakers to lower the national limit to 0.05.
When someone is accused of a crime and they say "I didn't do it," most people would hear that explanation and raise an eyebrow or roll their eyes. It's such a cliched answer that it is nearly impossible to take it seriously. And yet, in some cases, this explanation may be true -- or at least there are extenuating circumstances involved that make the person's story believable.
In our last post, we talked about how the police are going to be launching another round of DUI patrols during the holiday season in the state of Colorado. This isn't particularly surprising, nor is it specific to the state of Colorado. These holiday DUI patrols happen all across the country every year, and for good reason. Many holiday events involve alcohol, and people freely consume it and then, unfortunately, make the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car.
Dubbed a "holiday party DUI patrol," the Colorado Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies -- along with state patrols -- covered a lot of ground from Dec. 4 to Dec. 14 in their goal to catch impaired drivers. During the massive operation, 596 people were arrested for driving while impaired. There will be another similar campaign over the New Year holiday period, starting on Dec. 30 and running through Jan. 4, 2016.
Many Colorado residents have a commercial driver's license. This license is essential to their ability to work. They are truck drivers; bus drivers; taxi drivers; drivers for private motor carriers; and even drivers for civic organizations and churches. Having a commercial driver's license is a huge responsibility, and it provides an incredible opportunity for people.