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Understanding the Costs of DUI Violations

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Stamford DUI attorneyAmericans are all too familiar with the strong anti-drunk driving advertisements that display on TV commercials and highway billboards. Catchy quotes, such as “buzzed driving is drunk driving,” are well known, but DUI rates remain high across the country. In many cases, buzzed drivers are not necessarily operating their vehicles recklessly, but they simply do not know that a just a small amount of alcohol can cause a person to reach the legal limit of a 0.08 blood alcohol content (BAC).

According to the Mother's Against Drunk Driving, drunk driving is one of the most frequently committed crimes in America. While getting behind the wheel after a drink or two may be an innocent gesture, the stakes are simply too high to take a chance. Drunk driving not only can lead to the revocation of a driver’s license, but it can also result in significant financial penalties.

By measuring the alcohol concentration in a person's blood, law enforcement can determine if a person is driving while intoxicated. Various biological factors come into play when measuring blood alcohol level, so there is no way to estimate BAC accurately without carefully calibrated devices.

There is no way to “beat” a breathalyzer test. Various tricks that float around on the Internet are more likely to get you in further legal trouble, as strange behavior could be taken as a sign of guilt.

The penalties of a person convicted of DUI may be steep. Car impound fees, fines, and even DUI programs can cost upwards of $5,000. This does not include lawyer fees, and the costs do not stop there.

Insurance providers often increase the rates of a person convicted of DUI. The premiums may reach $50,000 over the course of 12 to 15 years. Aside from these charges, drivers convicted of DUI might face jail time and could be legally required to undergo a rehabilitation program.

If you have recently been charged with a DUI, an attorney can develop a defense strategy that represents your best interests. For an experienced and capable Stamford, Connecticut DUI attorney, contact the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner. Call us today at 203-348-5854 for your free consultation.