There will be consequences if someone is convicted; for example if someone had to go through a criminal background check to get a job, the researchers may find an active pending case. Clients sometimes hold off applying for new jobs or applying for a new position with a raise because they often involve background checks.
What Are Some Consequences Of A First-Time DC DUI?
There are a lot of government workers with security clearances in the District of Columbia, and even one DC DUI could be a huge problem for someone with a security clearance, because it could prevent them from being promoted, or they could be fired, and it could prevent them from getting a new job, either in the private sector or the government. That is especially the case for people with security clearances because there would be the additional consequences having to do with their license.
As a criminal defense attorney who works throughout Maryland and DC, I know that I would lose my job if I lost my license. The Maryland MVA is more forgiving than the District of Columbia DMV; the DMV in DC will impose hard suspensions and revocations, so there is no opportunity to get the ignition interlock system, which is a device that requires to blow into a hose, to determine there is no alcohol in the person’s system before the car will start; a possibility that is available in Maryland. Some people opt to have the interlock machine because they need to drive because they can’t survive a three-month or 45-day suspension of their license for a first-offense DUI, but it’s not available in DC.
Are There More Cases Involving Illegal Drugs Or Prescription Drugs?
When people who take prescription drugs combine it with alcohol, it can sometimes have worse effect than illegal drugs. Around 95% of the cases do not involve drugs, legal or not, although some cases involve a combination of alcohol and drugs, usually be prescription drugs.
For Prescription Medications, Do People Sometimes Not Know The Law?
Absolutely; some people use multiple medications and don’t usually drink at all, even though they always take their medication. One night, they may have had some drinks and had no idea the interaction between the drug and the alcohol would be strong enough to impair their ability to drive.
I often say in court that it’s not illegal to drink and drive; it’s illegal to drink too much and drive. Nobody really knows how much is too much or how much alcohol will get them to blow a 0.08 or a 0.20 BAC.
People may not have had any alcohol while taking their prescription medication, such as an antidepressant, anti-anxiety pills or a painkiller they were taking while recovering from surgery. I handled a case involving someone who did not usually drink, who swore he just had two beers, but who took his usual combination of medication, and had no idea how strong the effect would be.
Will Friends And Family Find Out If Someone is Arrested And Charged?
When someone is arrested or charged, the information is public, so anyone can find out if they looked for the person’s name in the system. There may also be consequences if the courts or lawyers sent letters to their address, and their spouse or family members accidentally come across them, although it would remain private while it is a pending charge,until the person had been convicted.
What Are Some Common Misconceptions About The DUI Process?
The biggest misconception has to do with what someone should do when they get pulled over, especially what they should or should not say or do, and whether or not they should blow on the Breathalyzer machine while at the police station.People generally do not know that they are not actually required to answer a police officer’s questions when the officer asks how much the person had to drink, so they sometimes say they had nothing to drink, or they’ll claim two beers, even though they are not be required to answer at all.
It is a human process and people think they should answer the officer’s questions because the officer has the discretion to decide whether or not to arrest that person based on his observations, they imagine that someone could be pulled over for DUI investigation and the officer may let them go without an arrest.
The misconception is that people think they are required to answer questions and to do the field sobriety test, which is not true, and not doing them will not be held against them. Sometimes police threaten to arrest the person if they don’t do the field sobriety tests, and the person ends up doing them and being arrested anyway.
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