How are DWI charges handled?

Driving while intoxicated can have terrible effects. Not only can the driver be injured, but they can cause harm to anyone else on the road. When individuals drive while they are under the influence of alcohol, their motor skills are impaired. This can cause them to have slower reflexes and impaired driving ability. With these effects, it can be more likely that a motor vehicle accidents will occur. These accidents can lead to life-threatening effects. The amount of alcohol in an individual’s system can determine the charge they are given and the severity of penalties that they are faced with. For those who are 21 years of age or older, their blood alcohol content should not exceed 0.08%. If it does, they can be charged with a DWI. Those who are found with a BAC that is over 0.10% can face even greater consequences due to their increased BAC, showing that they are more impaired. When drivers are caught with a BAC that is over 0.15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their car. With an increased level of BAC, they are found to be more responsible in this situation.

What is an ignition interlock device?

When drivers are required to install an ignition interlock device in their car it may be due to multiple DWI offenses or charges with a higher BAC. This device is paid for by the individual with the charge. They have to front the money to pay for this device on top of the fines they may be faced with already. This can lead to bills that are piling up, causing financial difficulty for some individuals. An ignition interlock device prevents drivers from operating a motor vehicle with a BAC. It detects if they have alcohol in their system. If they do, the vehicle may not start. Also, it may automatically trigger a police response to the location.

A breathalyzer test may be used by police to prove that an individual has been drinking. This breathalyzer measures the BAC of an individual, which can provide evidence of their intoxication. Those who are under the legal drinking age are not allowed to exhibit a blood alcohol content level due to their underage status. If you find that you are charged with a DWI, you should seek legal counsel to provide the proper representation to protect you.

The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you protect your future when so much is on the line. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can assess the specific circumstances surrounding your lawsuit.