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Avoid a DUI conviction and fight for your driving rights

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. It's immediately a misdemeanor for driving under the influence in the state, although there are times when you could face a felony charge. For example, if this is your third or subsequent violation occurring within five years, you'll face a felony charge. If you drive drunk when your license is already suspended or canceled for a previous offense, you'll also face a felony charge.

If you're facing a charge, it's important to do what you can to defend yourself. The authorities will do everything in their power to get a conviction out of your traffic stop.

How do the authorities determine if you're intoxicated?

The per se limit is .08 percent, which is the point at which the police need no further evidence of your intoxication. However, tests are not the same for drugs, and you can face a DUI even if you aren't over the .08 percent limit. You may be subjected to roadside or field sobriety tests, which require you to perform a series of tasks to show if you are or are not intoxicated in appearance. A breath test is commonly used to identify the percentage of alcohol in your blood, but you may also have a second test -- a blood test -- taken if the authorities seek a warrant to do so. You should always have at least two breath tests, because the officer needs to show that the results are within .02 percent of one another for accuracy.

We have more information on our website about DUIs and what to do if you're accused of drunk driving. The right help can make a difference.

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