For a lot of people, getting your first DUI can leave you crestfallen. That's because you were probably told or already knew that a DUI stays on your criminal record for 10 years. If you receive any subsequent DUIs within this time frame, they become felony charges, which can have an even more substantial effect on your life. (You can read more about felony DUIs in our February post.)
When America was first being formed, it was decided that the states should have the right to create their own laws. To this day, the same principle is true. Unfortunately though, this creates a problem for citizens today. That's because we are a very mobile society now, crossing from one state to another. When we visit these other states, we have to abide by their laws. But because not all laws are worded the same, you might find yourself trying to assert rights you might not have.
A DWI charge can result in penalties that include fines, potential jail time, and the loss of your driver's license. A drunk driving conviction can also threaten your job in some professions, such as law enforcement.
While this little story comes to us from outside our Dutchess County area, it was too good not to bring to your attention. A couple weeks ago a Brooklyn man seems to have avoided drunk driving charges by claiming he only had one lung. Without enough lung capacity, police were unable to obtain a blood alcohol content reading on their breathalyzer. Police tried to administer the test repeatedly during the arrest, but none produced complete or positive results.