There are a variety of alcohol-related crimes, some of which are more commonly committed than others. If you have been charged with an alcohol-related crime, you understand that the penalties you may face could leave a lasting impact on your life. This is why it is important to understand what you might face, and gain the help of an experienced attorney for every aspect in your case.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is taken seriously because, every year in the U.S., people are killed in drunk driving accidents. This is why they are also charged harshly with fines, jail time, restrictions on licenses, probation, and drunk driving programs. If you have been charged with this crime, you could have to have an ignition-interlock device installed on your vehicle, which takes the driver’s breath and analyzes the BAC to ensure that the driver does not drive drunk again. You could also experience sentencing enhancements if you have driven especially recklessly while drunk, were caught driving with children in the car, or caused injury or death to another.
Minor in possession (MIP) laws are put in place when a minor is found in possession of drugs or alcohol, even if they were not using the substances. These laws have been put in place to educate minors about the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as giving minors the treatment they need and deserve. In California, first-time offenders will usually have their driver’s license suspended for a year. However, if you and your attorney can prove that you didn’t actually have drugs or alcohol in your possession at the time, you may be able to evade charges.
Open container laws have been put in place to prevent people from being drunk in public. These laws, therefore, prohibit drinking and carrying alcohol in public places, like city parks and on sidewalks. They go hand in hand with public intoxication laws, which are drunk and disorderly laws. Public intoxication laws exist to help prevent people from disturbing those in public, as well as preventing others from getting hurt.
We help with a variety of alcohol-related crimes. At the Law Office of Peter Blair, if you have been charged with a crime involving alcohol, you may need the help of an experienced attorney to help you get the results you deserve. Call us today for more information on how we can help.