DUI laws can affect drunk driving penalties | Bart Durham Injury Law

DUI laws can affect drunk driving penalties

Drunk driving is a serious crime all across the country, and being convicted of Driving Under the Influence often leads to license suspension at the very least. If a drunk driver causes an accident in which multiple people are injured or even killed, the penalties could be even more severe. That is why states have very clear laws that govern DUIs and their penalties, including a Blood Alcohol Content limit that drivers must not pass and more.

In Tennessee, a driver who's BAC is greater than 0.08 will be charged and tried for DUI. For underage drivers, the limit is as low as 0.02 percent, and a BAC of 0.2 or more is often considered an aggravated DUI, which will bring even more serious penalties. This information is important for drunk driving accidents, because if a person is convicted of a DUI, it is almost guaranteed that he or she will be held responsible for an accident and any injuries suffered.

However, a DUI is reserved for instances in which a driver is convicted of having a BAC of greater than 0.08 percent, meaning that a BAC of 0.07 percent is technically not grounds for a DUI conviction. This does not mean that the driver was not intoxicated, but that he or she was not intoxicated enough to be convicted. The driver could still be considered at fault in the accident.

If you were involved in an accident in which you believe the other driver was intoxicated in any way, it is highly recommended that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible. Even if the person is not convicted of a DUI, you may still be able to prove that he or she was intoxicated enough to have made a serious driving error and caused the accident that injured you.

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