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Traffic Law DUI/DWI

Auto Insurance for Individuals Convicted of DUI/DWI

Car insurance companies frown upon drunk drivers and enforce serious penalties to those who have been charged with drunk driving, or other alcohol-related driving offenses. Convictions for such offenses will cause many insurance carriers to raise the rates significantly or cancel an insured, either during mid-term or at the end of insurance term.

Criminal Offense of Failing to Provide Proof of Insurance and Registration

All states require some form of vehicle registration. The registration generally lasts one year and is often renewable on the owner’s birthday with the state’s department of motor vehicles. Generally a registration is what allows you to get the license that makes your vehicle legal to drive on public roads. Most states require motorist to keep the vehicle’s registration with the vehicle at all times. Failure to provide a vehicle registration can result in fines and suspension of your driver’s license. Many states will waive or reduce fines where a motorist can subsequently produce a vehicle registration that was valid on the day it was requested.

Defendant’s Right to Counsel Before Consenting to Chemical Test in Drunk Driving Case

Most people are aware that Miranda warnings must be given an accused before he or she is subjected to custodial interrogation. The warnings are intended to protect the privilege against self-incrimination, and the Fifth Amendment right to counsel was created to protect that privilege. However, if the privilege against self-incrimination is not implicated, the warnings are not required, and there is no right to counsel. The United States Supreme Court has held that "physical" evidence may be obtained from an accused without running afoul of the privilege. Therefore, the right to counsel privilege has been held inapplicable to physical or performance tests and chemical tests of bodily substances.

Elements of Criminal Offense of Driving While Impaired

Drunk driving statutes across the country are not uniform in how they describe the degree of inebriation that is required for conviction for a drunk driving offense. For example, some states have interpreted the terms "intoxicated" and "under the influence" as meaning the same thing, while others have concluded that the two terms represent different levels of impairment. States that view the terms as the same conclude that the degree of inebriation or impairment of the faculties required are the same.

Pre-Sentencing Alcohol Evaluations in DUI/DWI Cases

Most state laws governing driving under the influence (DUI) and/or driving while intoxicated (DWI) mandate that offenders receive intervention and treatment. According to these laws, if an offender is convicted of DWI/DUI, the offender is required to obtain a clinical substance abuse assessment to determine whether he or she will be recommended to complete a substance abuse education class or treatment program.

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