Knowing Consequences May Help You Be More Persuasive There are real and serious consequences for driving while substance impaired. Being aware of these consequences may be helpful in your conversations with the person you are concerned about. Again, you may not be able to convince them to change their behavior, but
Be aware of the consequences.
knowing some of the challenges they may face, if caught, might trigger a positive step towards them making a change.
Driving while intoxicated is a crime in every jurisdiction in the United States. State legislatures continue to address the issue by toughening existing laws and passing new ones. Some states have mandatory jail terms for first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving. Many make offenders pay a large fine plus standard court costs and fees. In addition, many states suspend the offender’s driver’s license for a period of time, when the driver is pulled over, if their breath test shows a BAC at or above .08 or for refusing a test. Even those states that do not revoke a license have the option to do it at the time of conviction. Although individuals may choose to continue driving without a driver’s license or insurance, they are likely to be charged with the additional offenses if they are stopped by law enforcement. In some states, people convicted of a DUI/DWI are mandated to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles.
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