Maybe you reached for your cellphone and began weaving in your lane or missed a stop sign. First, you may count yourself lucky that you didn't end up in an accident. However, you did end up attracting the attention of a police officer.
If you drink a beer, then drive a car, are you breaking the law? The answer depends on several factors. It's true that consuming a small amount of alcohol may not necessarily lead to illegal operation of a motor vehicle if you then drive to a convenience store or some other location. It's also true that alcohol reacts differently in every person's bloodstream, so a small amount may not make one person legally intoxicated, but may present serious problems for another.
When facing a criminal situation, you may feel at a loss. You could think that everyone has already made up their minds about you and the charges brought against you and that you have no chance of getting out of the predicament. For a moment, you may consider taking the easiest way out and simply accepting the consequences that come along with that choice.
A sense of panic often sets in when drivers see flashing blue lights in their rearview mirrors. If this happened to you, your mind may have immediately begun running through dozens of thoughts wondering what may have raised the officer's suspicions and caused the need for a traffic stop.
If you are age 21 or beyond, the law permits you to purchase, sell (so long as you do so within an establishment that has a liquor license) and consume alcohol. In fact, you may be one of many Arizona residents who celebrated their 21st birthday by venturing out to a local pub and ordering your first "legal" alcoholic beverage. You may still enjoy getting together with friends for a few cold ones now and again. There is no law prohibiting you from doing so.
As a conscientious driver, you're likely already aware that if you drink alcohol then get behind the wheel of a car to drive, you are taking a risk. Arizona law and other state laws prohibit operation of motor vehicles when the alcohol in your bloodstream exceeds certain limits. In most states, that limit is .08 percent. Your blood alcohol content may not be the only factor that impacts your situation if a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving.
Applying for college can be quite a stressful experience. You may have anywhere from five to 20 schools on your application list. There are a number of issues that may impede your chances of gaining acceptance into your school of choice, one of which happens to be a DUI conviction. Still, there's no reason to lose all hope if a police officer pulls you over and you wind up facing alcohol-related charges.
Thinking back to the night you pulled off the road when you saw flashing police lights in your rearview mirror, you'd probably like to forget the whole thing and pretend it never happened. You know that's not possible, however, especially since you're currently facing DUI charges in an Arizona court as a result of the incident. When accused of a crime, it's not necessarily reason to lose hope. There are often several options available to avoid conviction.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense, and a conviction may carry severe penalties that could have a substantial impact on your future. In some cases, it could take something as simple as a burnt-out tail light to spark a traffic stop, and if an officer becomes suspicious of additional wrongdoing, you could be facing similar charges.