In most cases, DUI/DWI is considered a misdemeanor and is a fairly common charge in many states. In order for you to be charged with DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) must be higher than the legal limit. In most states, this is .08.
Most states require that a field sobriety test or chemical test must have been administered. Normally, to be officially charged with DUI/DWI, you must have failed this test.
The penalties for DUI/DWI conviction may include any combination of the following:
- Suspension or revocation of your license
- Monetary fines
- Jail term
The penalties you receive are determined by your offense. If you are a repeat offender or if someone else was injured or killed (felony drunk driving), you will face stronger and more severe penalties.
Drug possession is defined as having one or more illegal substances in your possession. You may possess these substances for personal use, sale, or distribution. Illegal drugs charges fall into many different categories which depend on:
- The amount in your possession
- The type of drug you are caught with
- The circumstances surrounding your possession of the drug
- The jurisdiction in which you have been caught with the illegal substance
These varying factors all have a part in determining your penalty if convicted. It can range from a small fine to prison sentencing. In some states, possession of marijuana is considered a petty offense, which carries less punishment than the possession of other drugs would. In most cases, possession of any illegal substance is an offense which you can and will be arrested for committing. In most cases, misdemeanor drug possession charges do not involve any jail time for the convicted offender.
Conviction for selling drugs comes with strong penalties. The sentencing will vary from state to state and depends on the amount and type of drug you are convicted of selling. It is very important that your legal representation is knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with the drug sale laws in your state.
The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys are talented and aggressive with knowledge of drug laws in every state throughout the country. Our legal teams are experts in defending the rights of our clients and will fight to be sure you are not falsely convicted of any crime. please contact The Cochran Firm’s criminal defense attorneys today.