DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) it’s a criminal charge that occours when a motorist is caught operating a vehicle while impaired by the effects of alcohol or any kind of drugs, including prescription medications.
A motorist can be convicted when his or her BAC (blood alcohol content) exceeds the legal level between 0.05% and 0.08%, depending on the jurisdiction.
Hiring an experienced DUI attorney may help you to have the charges reduced or even the case dismissed. A DUI lawyer will negotiate with the court for lesser sentences and treatment diversion programs.
A motorist driving under the influence you will receive some sort of criminal sentence: a hefty fine, community service, or even jail. The sentence will depend on the severity and whether it is a first offense. Your driver's license also may be suspended or revoked. In that case, a DUI attorney may help you obtain the court's permission to drive to and from work or drive with the condition of using an ignition interlock device (IDD).
Driving impaired is a serious offense that could wreak havoc on your career, your driving record, your life and your family’s life.
DUI STATISTICS 2017
In 2017, 10,874 people died in drunk driving crashes, one every 48 minutes
Drunk driving involvement in fatal crashes in 2017 was almost four times higher at night than during the day (32 v 9 percent).
In 2017, there were four male alcohol-impaired drivers involved in crashes for every female alcohol-impaired driver involved
In fatal crashes in 2017, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (27 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (26 percent) and 35 to 44 (23 percent).
In 2017, 9% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the day were drunk, compared to 32 percent at night. In addition, almost twice as many alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred during the weekends compared to weekdays.
In 2017, a total of 1,147 children 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those 1,147 fatalities, 220 (19%) occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Out of those 220 deaths, 118 (54%) were occupants of vehicles with drivers who had BACs of .08 or higher, and another 29 children (13%) were pedestrians or pedal-cyclists struck by drivers with BACs of .08 or higher. 71 (32%) were occupants of other vehicles, and 2 (1%) were drivers.
Between 1991 and 2017, the rate of drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 population has decreased 46% nationally, and 68% among those under 21.
In 2017, 15% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the week were drunk, compared to 28 percent on weekends.
Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29% of the total vehicle traffic fatalities in 2017.
In 2017, three times as many males were arrested for drunk driving as females.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,133 people died in traffic crashes in 2017 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,874 people who were killed in drunk driving crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 68% (7,368) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 or higher.
Drunk driving costs the united states $132 billion a year.
50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.