DUI prevention can soon disrupt the lives of even more drivers when a federally funded feature is added to new cars. In addition to court fines, fees, probation, schooling, license reinstatement, insurance premium hikes and community service, cars could now come automatically equipped with an alcohol detection device, inconveniencing even those who have yet to be accused of driving drunk in Alabama.
Our Birmingham criminal defense lawyers understand that a DUI conviction can have a major impact on your life. A first offense can cost you thousands of dollars in fines and fees, many result in jail time and/or probation and may obligate you to complete community service and DUI schooling. Even worse, a DUI conviction can get your terminated from your current place of employment and may even hold you back from obtaining certain job positions in the future.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationreports, federal officials are looking to step in and intervene even before anyone has the opportunity to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. The governor is spending millions to support the design and testing of a breathalyzer feature that could come as a standard option in new cars. Some say the federally funded optional feature may be anything but optional when it hits the market within the next 10 years. The system would test the air in the vehicle’s cabin, or work via a thumbprint, to determine whether a driver is able to start and operate the vehicle.
Although numerous agencies advocating sober driving have seemingly made an impact in decreasing the number of alcohol related accidents, the over-emphasis on DUI enforcement has led to plenty of questionable and unfair arrests.
There are a few things you may want to consider when defending yourself against a DUI charge. First off, did the officer administer a field sobriety test correctly? Were they even properly trained to administer the test? Why were they pulling you over in the first place? If they weren’t justified in stopping you in the first place, some of the evidence, if not all, may be deemed inadmissible by the courts.
By some estimates, 1 in 4 victims facing a DUI charge are not convicted of the charge. If you’re facing a DUI charge, it’s up to you to be proactive in defending your rights.