Saturday, February 23, 2013

Driving Under the Influence on Maui

Hawaii has strict laws for driving under the influence of alcohol.  If you have been charged with driving while under the influence, it can be upsetting and confusing.  

The legal limit for driving after you have consumed alcohol is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08.  If your BAC is over .15 you may be charged as a “highly intoxicated” driver and face even greater penalties.  The standard for drivers under 21 years old is a legal limit of .02 BAC. 

If you are suspected of driving under the influence, a police officer will ask to take a measurement of your BAC.  If you refuse to allow a measurement, the officer must warn you that if you refuse your driver’s license will be suspended.  If you still refuse, you may be charged with DUI and refusal.  

A conviction of DUI can be costly.  Penalties include fines, license revocation, jail time and community service.  Your car will likely be impounded, you will be required to obtain expensive SR-22 insurance and you will also be required to complete a substance abuse treatment class. 

The next time you have had a couple of after-work drinks, do yourself a favor and have a friend who has not been drinking take you home.  

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