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Build a defense to try to reduce the impact of a DUI

DUIs are some of the most frustrating charges to face. If you end up with a conviction, they can have lasting consequences for a mistake that you made only a single time.

The consequences of DUIs extend far past fines and possible time in jail or a substance abuse program. They can lead to:

  • Trouble with your job, and potentially being fired from it
  • The need for an expensive ignition interlock device
  • Higher insurance coverage costs
  • Disagreements in your family
  • Trouble paying bills
  • A loss of financial supports at school, like in college

Thanksgiving DUIs can be avoided: Be cautious this year

Thanksgiving is an exciting time of year for many people. There is typically a feast, an afternoon of chatting and getting together with friends, and preparation for the exciting Black Friday morning the following day.

This should be an exciting and positive time of year, but it can all go wrong if you decide to drink and drive. Remember, food can contain alcohol, and your drinks can, too. That means that your blood alcohol content might be higher than you expect.

Your DUI could cost you your job: Defend yourself

When you were pulled over by the police, the first concern you had was the impact a DUI could have on your life. You knew that you had been drinking and that questions would be asked. It was a mistake, but it was too late to go back and change what you did.

It's important to know that a DUI can affect your work, but it doesn't always. Depending on the kind of job you do, the need for a vehicle, your employment contract and other factors, you may or may not lose your job.

Foods containing alcohol can lead to DUIs, too

When you're planning to drink alcohol, you probably also make plans for getting home safely. One of the bigger issues is not knowing that alcohol is contained in something you're eating or drinking. For example, you might think you've picked up nonalcoholic egg nog and later find that you actually purchased the wrong one.

There are many foods and drinks that contain alcohol. Sometimes, it's a small amount. Other times, the alcohol can add up and leave you tipsy, so it's important not to drive if you've ingested them. Here are a few unexpected places that you'll find alcohol in everyday food and drinks.

Watch out for holiday DUIs and keep your driving privileges

With many holidays approaching, now is a great time to sit down and think about how to get from parties or events back home safely. Drinking is a major aspect of Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties and New Year's Eve events. With these holidays approaching quickly, you need to have a plan for drinking.

If you drink and get caught, you could be faced with a DUI that has a 10-year look-back period. A first offense is a misdemeanor, a second is a Class C misdemeanor, and a A third is a Class A misdemeanor. These each come with their own penalties, which can be severe.

Teen alcohol use can damage future prospects

The use of alcohol by those under the age of 21 is a bad thing for a few reasons. First, it's illegal. That means that those who are caught face charges related to underage drinking. Another reason is because it can lead to trouble with substance abuse. Third, it can have an immediate impact on their health.

Alcohol abuse is the most common form of substance abuse in teenagers and children. In fact, it is estimated that at least a third of teens have had a single alcoholic drink by the time they reach 15. By 18, at least 60% of teens have had an alcoholic beverage (beyond just a few sips).

What is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and is it accurate?

You went out for a night with friends, and you had a little too much to drink. Despite knowing that you'd ingested some alcohol, you didn't think it was enough to make you a dangerous driver.

Several minutes later, you had to swerve to avoid a small animal in the road. Then, you noticed the flashing lights behind you. The police saw your movements but didn't see the reason for the swerve. They stop you, smell alcohol and ask you to take sobriety tests.

Some reasons to consider alcohol treatment with a pending DUI

Millions of Americans use alcohol frequently, and thousands of them get arrested in South Carolina every year for driving under the influence (DUI). People who get behind the wheel after drinking enough to become impaired endanger themselves and everyone else on the road, which is why impaired driving is illegal even if no one gets hurt.

Quite a few people who could find themselves facing criminal charges related to impaired driving wind up in their current situation because of a problem with alcohol abuse or dependency. For these individuals, voluntarily deciding to join a substance abuse program or undergo alcohol abuse counseling could be a very wise decision.

3 ways that a DUI conviction can impact your job prospects

Anyone who gets stopped by police due to a suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) could find themselves facing an arrest and then criminal charges. Drivers in South Carolina may think that their impaired-driving woes will end when they enter a guilty plea or finish paying off any fines associated with the offense, but the truth is that a DUI can haunt someone for many years.

One of the many ways a DUI can negatively affect you is by impacting your job or your future career prospects. There are three ways in particular that the DUI conviction or guilty plea could impact your professional life.

Learn the facts about alcohol use in America

You enjoy going out for a night on the town. In fact, that time away from work and other responsibilities is a great way to recharge. If alcohol is a part of that time out, it's important to be responsible with how you drink. If you drink too much, you could become intoxicated, make poor decisions and even end up with a DUI.

Did you know that over 216 million people in America have tried alcohol? It's a normal part of life, and it's something that can help people relax. Of course, while there are some positives to drinking, there are many downsides that have to be considered carefully.

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