Whether one calls it driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), or any other name, drunk-driving is a serious offense in all US states, with some states exacting harsher punishments (compared to others states) on offenders.

The gravity of offense has also led to both nationwide and statewide campaigns and programs which, in turn, have spurred law enforcement authorities to aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone committing any type of alcohol-related offenses.

Hpwever, as pointed out on the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, this aggressiveness, has sometimes resulted in “wrongful arrests, mishandled cases, and a variety of other problems and mistakes” which have greatly affected those accused, jeopardizing their rights and freedom.

Both federal and state authorities have never failed in pointing out the dangers of drunk driving: how this reckless behavior places in great risk of a serious accident the drunk driver himself/herself and, more so, all other motorists and pedestrians who share the road with him/her.

Being a serious traffic law violation, those convicted of the crime are, therefore, punished heavily thru costly fines, a jail term, suspension of driving privileges, compulsory participation in an alcohol and drug education class (or DUI School) and community service; it is also possible that he/she may be required to pay higher auto liability insurance premiums.

The painful effects of a criminal conviction, however, do not end during or after the punishments; rather, these go beyond the courtroom and prison cell, following the convicted individual and affecting everything else about his/her person, including career, personal life, community relationship, rights and privileges (such as right to international travel, acquisition of professional licenses) and so forth.

These unjust effects of a criminal conviction make a very strong defense in behalf of the accused an absolute necessity. Contrary to the thought that drunk-driving cases are impossible to win, the website of Cape Cod criminal defense attorney James Powderly says that all have a right to a fair trial, but this should be entrusted only at the hands of a skillful and experienced lawyer.

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