Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has become one of the most frequently committed crimes in Ridgeland, the City of Madison, and other surrounding communities. The docket sheet in the Madison County Jail lists DUI as the most frequently committed offense. I want to clear up some misunderstandings about DUI.
First, DUI does not mean you are falling down drunk. DUI does not mean that you are so drunk you are blind. DUI is not what you think it is. The law defines DUI as having a blood alcohol content greater than .08 as measured by the approved machine, which currently is the Intoxilizer 8000. If there is no DUI test result then it is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs that have impaired your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
I have been practicing law and defending DUI cases for thirty (30) years. When a Miss. Supreme Court Judge got a DUI he called me. When the public official got his DUI he called me. Each week ordinary people call me and they say the same thing, which is: “I wasn’t drunk.” I am required to tell them that you can get a DUI for being drunk, but you are more likely to get a DUI for being under the influence. Being drunk and being under the influence are the same thing. So many people go out to dinner and have a few drinks and they feel they can drive because they are not falling down drunk. They may in fact be good drivers. Perhaps the alcohol has not been fully absorbed into the blood stream. But when you get stopped and an officer smells alcohol on you, I guarantee you that 99.999 times out of 100, you are going to jail.
What is the best thing to do to avoid a DUI? What is the one sure way to beat that DUI? Don’t drink any alcohol and drive! Is that impossible or unreasonable to you? It may be for many young people who go out frequently. But consider these facts. A good City of Ridgeland, Madison County, Mississippi DUI lawyer will cost between $2,500.00 to $10,000.00 depending on the experience, dedication, amount of work involved, and other such factors. Then there may be deposition costs and appeal costs that can run another $500.00. Just looking at the costs, a $30.00 taxi ride is starting to look attractive, isn’t it? In the next post Driving Under The Influence In Mississippi-Part 2, I will talk more about what to do if you get stopped for DUI.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.