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Opioids and unsafe driving

The use and misuse of opioids in this country has become a hot topic, and some states have noticed a dramatic increase in addiction to them and subsequent effects. Drivers in Arizona who are taking opioid medication for a health condition need to be aware that their effect can greatly affect driving abilities. In fact, if found to be operating under the influence of these controlled substance, the driver may face DUI charges because drugs have been shown to impair driving in a similar manner to alcohol.

Problems associated with the loss of driving privileges

Drunk driving charges can bring a wide variety of difficulties into your daily life, from time behind bars to financial penalties, a record that follows you around, and the loss of your good reputation in the community. Having said that, you should not overlook the other ways in which these charges can make life chaotic. For example, you could lose your driving privileges, which could be especially damaging, depending on your responsibilities. As a result, you should do all you can to handle these charges properly and prepare accordingly if you have lost or expect to lose the ability to drive.

How can parents help prevent underage DUI?

When a young person is charged with driving under the influence, the ordeal can be incredibly stressful for their whole family. Teenagers may worry that their dreams and opportunities will be negatively affected, while parents may be upset with their child's behavior or worry about how others will judge the situation. There are some steps that parents can take, however, to reduce the likelihood that their teenager will get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

You could be driving illegally and not even know it

Most drivers in Arizona are aware that driving under the influence of a certain amount of alcohol is illegal. However, the effects of alcohol are different for each individual, and some can handle a lot more drinks and not feel or act intoxicated. This becomes a problem when one gets behind the wheel, because it only takes a couple drinks until most drivers are considered to be over the legal limit but they may feel they are ok to drive.

How do drugs affect driving?

Most drivers in Arizona understand that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal but are unsure of how drugs come into play. Some may think that prescription and/or legal drugs have no affect on driving, but this is not true. Medications impair driving in different ways, and people found with drugs in their system can be charged with drugged driving, which comes with similar penalties as a DUI.

When your teen is charged with DUI

Parents often have many different stressors that arise during their child's teenage years, from problems in the classroom to relationship issues and other challenges. However, drunk driving charges can be particularly difficult for an entire family to work through and teens may find themselves in this position for different reasons. With peer pressure and even a lack of awareness about how strict the law is when it comes to underage alcohol consumption and driving, many teens have found themselves accused of drunk driving in Phoenix and other parts of Arizona.

Penalties for refusing field tests

Drivers in Arizona who are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be asked to take part in a series of roadside tests. While the driver can refuse these tests, they need to be aware there are consequences and penalties involved that may be harsher than those for DUI conviction.

The holidays and DUI charges

Drunk driving charges can bring holiday celebrations to an abrupt end. Whether someone drives home after opening presents with loved ones or ringing in the new year, DUI charges can be devastating for someone accused of this offense and those they love. During the holidays, there is an increase in the number of people accused of DUI. Not only do more people tend to drive while intoxicated, but certain areas have additional law enforcement officials on the lookout for drunk drivers. We are all too familiar with the hardships that entire families often go through when DUI charges upset their holiday celebrations.

Protecting your future after being charged with DUI

Drunk driving charges are very damaging, in many instances. Not only do these allegations often lead to stiff financial penalties and the loss of driving privileges, they may result in time behind bars and other consequences as well. As a result, our law office knows how essential it is for people in Phoenix and all parts of Arizona who have found themselves in this position to carefully review how they will approach the charges. Ideally, people should do whatever they can to protect their future, as difficult as that might seem at present.

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