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Every state in the United States has DUI laws about drunk driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI). This may include driving after a few cocktails or a few beers but you can also be charged with DUI/DWI if you're pulled over and the law enforcement officer suspects that you are driving while under the influence of prescription or illicit/illegal drugs. Regardless, anyone charged with driving drunk or drunk driving can face serious consequences.

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One of the leading states trying to combat drunk driving includes California. In fact, the golden state was one of the first states to lower the blood alcohol limit (BAC) to .08, which is one of the most restrictive laws in the USA. Not surprising, other states were soon to follow with the same legal requirements to be charged with drunk driving or DUI/DWI.



What Does .08 Mean?

BAC is an acronym for Blood Alcohol Content. This is determined by subjective sobriety field tests of the driver's impairment, or measurement of his blood alcohol content (BAC). Measured in terms of milligrams of alcohol per milliliters of blood, or as a percentage. (10 mg/100 ml = 0.01 g/100 g = 0.01 %).



Driving under the influence (DUI) , driving while intoxicated (DWI) drunk driving or drinking then driving, is known as an act of operating a motor vehicle (and sometimes a bicycle or similar human-powered vehicle) after having consumed alcohol or legal/illegal drugs, to the degree that your mental and motor skills are impaired.

In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence (DUI) of other drugs, a third "DUI" offense consists of driving under the combined influence of alcohol and other drugs. The drugs causing or contributing to the impairment need not be illegal and can consist of doctor-prescribed or over-the-counter medication which can be purchased at the corner pharmacy.

Since the early 1980's, anti-drunk driving organizations such Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and public service campaigns have aimed to raise awareness of the legal implications and dangers of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Sad to say, driving drunk is responsible for a large number of deaths, injuries, damage and accidents every year in the United States. Every single day, thousands of drivers are arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle while being intoxicated.

Depending on your jurisdiction (location of the offense), the driving offense may referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OMVI), driving under the influence [of alcohol or other drugs] (DUI), driving under the combined influence of alcohol and/or other drugs or drunk in charge. Such laws typically apply to those operating a boat or piloting an airplane.


Typical Drunk Driving Law

CVC 23153.  (a) It is unlawful for any person, while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.

(b) It is unlawful for any person, while having 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.



If you're facing with driving drunk or drunk driving, we have a series of legal links which can help you with a DWI or DUI charge. Regardless, most drivers should seriously consider contacting a drunk driving lawyer or attorney who can explain the options you have as driver. Because drunk driving is a serious offense, don't be fooled into thinking you can fight the drunk driving (DUI-DWI) charge by yourself. So many times, drivers who want to save money are ill-prepared with developing a real legal defense on their own. Don't make that mistake.

You could lose your driver's license if you're not properly prepared or have no attorney on your side. Think wisely.



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