The jaded cop “escorts” the town sot to the drunk tank for the night—is there any more shop-worn cliché in television and film? Public intoxication has been illegal in this country, and around the world, since there have been laws. Of course, the enlightened view is that alcoholism is a disease.
In many states, police officers have a fair bit of leeway in deciding whether a person is intoxicated and, if so, whether the person should go to jail or a hospital or treatment center until no longer intoxicated. Generally, a person is intoxicated if he or she is substantially impaired due to alcohol.
Although DUI/DWI law can vary from one state to the next, a person can still be prosecuted and convicted for DUI even though a chemical test of the person’s bodily fluids (breath, blood, or urine) is not available to the prosecutor. There are several reasons that chemical test results may not be available to the prosecutor. Below are some of them.
The crime of drunk driving is commonly referred to as DUI, DWI, OUI, or by similar terms. DUI stands for driving under the influence, and it means driving or operating a vehicle while drunk or under the influence of mind or body altering substances, such as illegal drugs or even prescription medications.
While the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, studies consistently show that most young people begin drinking alcohol before their 21st birthday and that underage drinking can lead to dangerous behaviors such as binge drinking and drinking and driving.
It's no secret to every teenager and young adult that you have to be 21 before you can legally drink, buy, or own alcohol. Though each state has its own laws about alcohol, all states require that people must be 21 before they can legally purchase alcohol.
It's common knowledge that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and that all states make it illegal to sell alcohol to anyone who is underage. However, state prohibitions against underage drinking extend further than merely the sale of alcohol.
When a police officer stops a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI or DUID), the officer often asks the driver to perform one or more field sobriety tests (FSTs). This article explains some common field sobriety tests and your legal right to refuse to perform them.
When a police officer pulls over a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI or DUID), the officer will often ask the driver to breathe into a machine or provide a sample of blood, urine, saliva, or hair for chemical testing to determine whether drugs and alcohol are present in the driver’s body.
Alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelets (also called SCRAM bracelets for “Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring”) provide a way for courts to oversee people who have been ordered to not drink alcohol. Made famous by celebrities convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), SCRAM bracelets are
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