The consequences associated with being charged and convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania are significant. Indeed, the penalties and sanctions become more severe if a person is charged and convicted more than one time for driving under the influence. With this in mind, it is important to understand some basic realities about drinking and driving.
Sobering Up is a Matter of Time
Once alcohol enters into a person’s system, it leaves the body over a period of time. There are a number of different myths – which many people believe – about how to speed up the process of eliminating alcohol from the body and sobering a person up.
Coffee will not sober a person up. It may make a person a bit more alert, but not more sober. The same holds true for taking a cold shower and exercise. In the final analysis, it is through the passage of time, and that alone, through which a person sobers up.
Type of Alcohol is Irrelevant
Some people believe that certain types of alcohol will render them less intoxicated. For example, some people maintain that if they drink beer, that type of alcoholic beverage results in a lesser level of intoxication.
In fact, the type of alcohol is irrelevant to intoxication. Rather, quantity of alcohol is the key to intoxication, no matter the type of beverage being consumed.
Essential Drunk Driving Statistics
27 people are killed daily in the United States as the result of a person driving drunk. This includes both intoxicated drivers, their passengers, and other individuals on the roadways of the country. That calculates out to a drunk-driving-related death about every 51 minutes in the United States. A person is injured in a DUI related accident every 120 seconds in the United States.
Research suggests that, on average, an individual will drive drunk about 80 times before being arrested the first time for driving under the influence. Similar statistics exist in regard to second and third driving under the influence charges.
Due to the serious consequences of a DUI charge, it is vital for a person to engage capable and experienced legal representation. Retaining a DUI attorney, such as David C. McKenzie III, is crucial, even when charged the first time with DUI. A Pennsylvania DUI lawyer will schedule an initial consultation with a prospective client at no charge.