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The Need for Effective Criminal Defense for a DWI

Driving while impaired or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a term used by some states for the more common term driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or DUI. In Illinois, the term used is DUI instead of DWI. But whatever term is used, the effects of a conviction can be grave enough to be a serious problem for many people.

Public pressure to crack down on drunk driving can make law enforcement in Illinois and other states over zealous. The most common punishment for a DUI conviction is the suspension of the driver’s license. This is bad enough for the average driver, but when one’s livelihood depends on the ability to drive a vehicle, such as truck or bus driver, this sanction can lead to financial hardship. And since the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders is typically lower than for other types of drivers, a DUI charge can happen very easily.

Another major consequence of a DUI conviction is the restrictions on a US passport holder. While a misdemeanor or felony DUI conviction will not bar the typical citizen from obtaining a US passport, many countries such as Canada, Brazil, and Thailand will deny entry to any person convicted of a DUI charge. So while one may have the passport, there are very few places one can go. This can be a problem for certain individuals whose work requires traveling to other countries.

Other consequences of a DUI conviction may include fines, jail time, loss of employment, and the loss of the right to bear arms. The penalties will depend on the state where the conviction is obtained.

Considering these consequences individually or together, the need for an effective criminal defense to avoid a conviction for DUI charges seems clear. When facing DUI charges, do not hesitate to consult with the most experienced DUI lawyer in the area to ensure the best possible criminal defense.