We have all heard of a friend or family member getting pulled over after having one too many alcoholic beverages. Maybe you have found yourself accused of doing this. However, depending on the circumstances surrounding an arrest, and any specific things that happened before or leading up the alleged drunk driving incident, can affect the severity of the charge and/or the potential punishment that may be dealt upon conviction.
Drunk driving charges can be amplified if a person has been convicted of DUI previously. Also, if a car accident is involved and injuries resulted, the otherwise drunk driving charge could be upgraded to felony DUI. If a person is under the legal drinking age at the time of apprehension, then the charge can alter as their legal limit is 0, not .08, per state law. As you can see, drunk driving charges are not always so cut and dry.
If a person's BAC level is egregiously above the legal limit, there could be harsher charges for such reckless behavior. Drunk driving is an act that is 100% preventable, so courts have really started to crack down on those who appear to have driven drunk. For those convicted, a person could face fines, license revocation, jail time, and other serious penalties such as damage to their reputation. Therefore, it is easy to see how a DUI conviction can impact a person's entire life.
That's why it's so important to consider what the circumstances surrounding a DUI charge may mean for the accused. Remember, being accused of a crime is not the same as being convicted of a crime. Circumstances are everything when dealing with criminal accusations. Those details are how one should build their criminal defense.