If you drive a vehicle that requires a commercial driver's license, such as a tractor-trailer or a bus, you are subject to far stricter rules when it comes to intoxication. As commercial licenses tend to be needed for very large vehicles or those that can carry several passengers, the driver's of these vehicles have an increased responsibility. If they have an accident, there is even greater potential for damage and loss of life than there may be if a smaller vehicle crashes.
If you are under investigation for drunk driving, there is a chance that you will have had your blood alcohol concentration tested at some point. In a previous post we discussed the various ways in which this test can be carried out. Some of these methods are more commonly used than others. Equally, some are considered more precise and reliable.
Being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving comes with all sorts of potential repercussions. You could have your license suspended, be subjected to a lengthy criminal investigation and even face fines or a prison sentence. Furthermore, you may find a drunk driving charge affects your employment and relationships with friends and family.
If you are involved in a car accident, there's a good chance that law enforcement officials will want to interview you. Their role is to determine whether your actions or physical condition may have contributed to the crash. This may involve a number of tests to figure out if you may have been intoxicated. Failure could lead to you being charged with drunk driving, or being arrested for further testing.
Readers may remember hearing some time back about a Texas teenager who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter after driving drunk and killing four individuals in a crash. The case drew a lot of attention in the media, partially because of his defense attorney’s argument that he suffered from “affluenza,” a term referring to a constellation of negative traits linked to excessive wealth and consumerism. In his case, the defense attorney had argued, it was a sense of entitlement that drove him to make poor decisions.
The big number this year for DUI arrests in Arizona during St. Patrick's Day festivities -- a four-day period, according to law enforcement -- is 413. That number is up by 49, compared to last year. One thing that remains to be seen is the number of accused individuals who are actually convicted.
Scottsdale parents of students attending Arizona State University might well be relieved that the institution appears to be slowly shedding its reputation as a party school.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has cultivated a reputation for being tough on crime. While the possible merits of his controversial approach have long been debated, no one could argue that his tactics don't get him coverage in the media.
The thing most people fear after being arrested for drunken driving is the possibility that they might spend time in jail. While that's a reasonable thing to worry about, there are other consequences that can stem from a DUI arrest that should also be considered.