DUI or driving under the influence is an exceedingly common crime in the United States. As would be expected, it refers to driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Each state has a blood alcohol limit. This refers to the maximum percent of alcohol allowed in the bloodstream of a driver. If someone is caught driving with a blood alcohol level higher than what is legally allowed, they can be arrested for DUI. If it is a first offense, it is considered a misdemeanor. In extreme cases in which someone has been charged with multiple DUIs in the past, they can be charged with a felony. This is obviously more severe. If you are being charged with a DUI, you will need to contact a DUI attorney.
DUI is illegal in every state, but the exact blood alcohol limit varies state by state. In some states it is as low as .04 percent. In others, it is as high as .08 percent. Many people in the United States seek a stricter blood alcohol limit. In many other countries, the legal limit is much more restrictive. Similarly, the penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol are often more severe in many other countries. The legal limit in Colorado is .04 percent. This is probably fair, given the numerous winding mountain roads. Each year thousands of people in the United States are killed as a result of alcohol related accidents. Thousands more are arrested for DUI. Once arrested, there is little other choice than to hire a qualified DUI attorney.