DUI, DWI, BUI

DUI (driving under the influence>, DWI (driving while impaired or intoxicated) and BUI (boating under the influence all involve operating a motor vehicle while impaired due to the use of alcohol, drugs or other cause. Drunk driving is against the law in every state in two forms of criminal offenses: DUI and DWI. If the police suspect a person of operating a motor vehicle (car, motorcycle, truck or boat) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may stop the vehicle and request the driver submit to a “field sobriety test.” This tests the level of driver impairment and reaction time. They may also ask the driver to submit to a breathalyzer test or for a blood or urine sample in order to determine the driver’s blood alcohol level (“BAC”) with a greater degree of accuracy. The punishment for a DUI or DWI varies between states, including the BAC levels which trigger harsher penalties.

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Daljit Rakker
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Effects of a DUI in a Custody Case (If you are the DUI offender) The discovery of a past DUI crime in either parent's life is bound to bring difficulties in an ongoing custody case. The court may find it peculiar that you had a DUI sentencing even as early as ten years, and decide to act on it...
Michael Wechsler
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Most people assume that DUI / DWI charges involve an impaired person driving a motor vehicle such as a car, motorcycle, truck or SUV. But what is the law with regard to non-motorized vehicles such as bicycles? Is there an offense such as biking while intoxicated? Understanding DUI / DWI Laws...
Michael Wechsler
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If you’re facing DUI or DWI charges, you’ll certainly want to make sure that you’re being represented by a reliable and experienced attorney. You'll also want to make sure that there are no surprises when you get the bill. In order to make a good decision, you’ll need to conduct a useful...
Michael Wechsler
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It should be common knowledge to anyone who has a driver’s license that the operator of a motor vehicle is not permitted to drive while impaired by the effects of drugs or alcohol. What is not so clear is whether passengers permitted to drink alcohol in a car or other motor vehicle. What if...
Michael Wechsler
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Over 100 visual cues for spotting a drunk driver were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This study was the result of extensive research and interviews of police officers making over 12,000 DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)...
Michael Wechsler
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DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) offenses are criminal in nature. It is important for all drivers to be aware of the law and measures taken by the police and law enforcement to ensure road safety. The following represents frequently asked questions about DUI...
Michael Wechsler
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After a DUI or DWI arrest, a person is held in custody at a local police station or jail. Bail is the process where a DUI or DWI suspect can pay money into court which ensures that the suspect will return to court for trial. Bail bonds come into the picture when a criminal suspect cannot...
Michael Wechsler
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The number of road traffic deaths in the United States may be decreasing but the number of alcohol related car accident deaths is on the rise. This increase is occurring despite the fact that alcohol related auto accident deaths can be easily avoided. Even DUI and DWI criminal charges and...
Michael Wechsler
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At present, a driver whose blood alcohol content or blood alcohol concentration ("BAC") is 0.08% or higher is guilty of a traffic offense for DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated). Virtually all states have zero tolerance laws for DUI/DWI offenses committed by...
Michael Wechsler
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A person's blood alcohol content (sometimes called blood alcohol concentration and commonly referred to as "BAC") is a common metric used by law and medicine to determine alcohol intoxication. BAC is expressed as a percentage of alcohol found in the bloodstream. A 0.08% reading means that one...
Michael Wechsler
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This article will help you understand what you might face in the event you are convicted of a DUI or DWI driving offense and what you may have to do in order to get your driver's license back. In addition to covering habitual violators laws, driver's assessment tests and vehicle forfeiture, it...
Michael Wechsler
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What do you do if you're stopped under suspicion of DUI or DWI? What happens? What should you expect? How should you react? This article, the second in a three part series, will explain what you can expect if you're stopped by a police officer under suspicion of drinking and driving, how you...
Michael Wechsler
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The terms “driving under the influence” (DUI) and “driving while impaired” (DWI) describe the criminal act of operating an automobile while one’s ability is impaired by the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription medicine or other substance. DUI and DWI are illegal in all 50 states, with...
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