There are 39 federal laws that surround the use, purchase, and sale of alcohol. While alcohol is legal for individuals ages 21 and older, it is still a known drug. Its affects on the brain and body are undeniable. As such, these laws have been set to protect the public from the misuse of alcohol.
Most people are aware of what it means to get a DUI. But, many do not understand that in order to get a DUI charge for alcohol consumption, the blood alcohol level (BAC) must be at or above .08%. All 50 states have enacted state laws regarding the same.
The Child Endangerment Law adds to the 08 Per Se Law, in that if a minor is in the car of a driver, who is charged with a DUI, an additional charge of endangering a minor can be made. With the seriousness of DUI charges, and the hazards posed to passengers and other drivers, the Administrative License Revocation Law gives authority for immediate suspension or revocation of the license of someone who has blown a .08 or above, on a breathalyzer test.
Some individuals have had much more to drink than others when they hit the road, making them far more likely to do serious damage in an accident. All but 17 states have a law regarding the ‘high DUI,’ meaning that the driver has a BAC of .15 or higher. This would lead to more serious consequences than the standard DUI charge.
On the same note, repeat offenders, in three different states, will find themselves restricted to a lower BAC than that of the general public, to deter their driving under the influence a second time. Other states have enacted laws for repeat offenders involving mandatory sentencing to jail time, licensing sanctions, vehicle sanctions, and other penalties.
For those individuals who do not learn their lesson about drinking and driving, following a DUI charge, Felony DUI’s can be charged depending upon the number of prior DUI convictions. Only three states do not have a felony DUI. Laws have become increasingly strict, over the past several years, as so many people die in the U.S., every year, due to drivers under the influence of alcohol.