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Failed a Breathalyzer test? You can challenge the results

Fighting drunk driving charges is rarely easy, but often worth the effort, especially if you have no other drunk driving convictions on your record. Of course, when you receive charges after failing a Breathalyzer test during a stop, it can feel as though you don't have any options. Thankfully, this is not entirely true.

With careful planning and patient attention to detail, it is usually possible to mount some form of defense against drunk driving charges. Even if you cannot avoid charges altogether, a strong defense may still help you reduce the charges and avoid unnecessarily harsh sentencing. No matter what you do, it is always better to build some defense than face drunk driving charges with no defense at all.

Avoid distracted driving to avoid trouble with the law

Go back in time 25 years and distracted driving wasn't nearly as big of a problem as it is today. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that technology, such as smartphones, has taken over the world.

Distracted driving is a bad idea for many reasons, including the fact that it greatly increases the risk of causing an accident. Furthermore, if a police officer sees you texting or dialing while driving, it could result in a serious penalty.

You have the power to fight a traffic ticket

As a driver, the last thing you want to see is police lights in your rearview mirror. If this happens, you know you're in trouble. As you pull to the side of the road, your legs will turn to jelly as your hands begin to sweat.

When discussing what went wrong with the officer, don't hesitate to answer their questions and provide any requested information (such as license, insurance and registration).

Do you know what to expect at a DUI checkpoint?

As you approach a DUI checkpoint, your hands may begin to sweat and your stomach could become upset. Even if you're 100 percent sober, there's something scary about coming face to face with a police officer at a checkpoint.

Knowing what to expect at a DUI checkpoint can go a long way in helping you avoid an arrest. Here are three things to consider.

    Can the passengers in my vehicle drink beer?

    Imagine you're driving with your friend to work one morning, and suddenly you hear the pop of a beverage can opening. You figure your friend is drinking a Diet Coke, but when you turn your head, you see an ice-cold can of beer in her hand. She smiles mischievously, and says, "Want a sip?"

    Your face turns red because you're not sure if what she's doing is illegal. You know that it's against the law for you to take a sip, and you want to tell her to throw the can out of the window before a police officer pulls you over. What should you do?

    The importance of fighting a second or third DUI charge in Hawaii

    In general, it is a good idea to defend yourself against pending criminal charges, regardless of your criminal background and the nature of the charges. However, for those facing second time or third time charges for similar offenses, there is the potential for much steeper consequences. This is certainly true of those in Hawaii facing a second or third driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

    While penalties are serious even for first-time offenders, they become much more steep for those accused of repeatedly violating impaired driving laws in Hawaii. Anyone worried about the potential for a second or third DUI conviction should definitely start exploring options for a criminal defense strategy.

    Distracted drivers and pedestrians face penalties in Hawaii

    The majority of states now have laws banning texting while operating a motor vehicle. Manually entering data into a mobile device, or reading a text message or other written information, distracts people from safety on the road. That distraction creates additional risk for crashes, as it increases reaction times and often results in drivers missing critical visual information near their vehicles.

    The hope behind the laws banning texting at the wheel is that people will focus on the roads and the rate of distraction-related crashes will decrease. Hawaii has taken a firm stance against distraction, banning not only cellphone use behind the wheel but also while walking across the road. Anyone charged with a cellphone use offense in Hawaii will end up paying fines.

    A DUI conviction could have an impact on your professional career

    Many people get so worried about jail time associated with a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Hawaii that they overlook other issues. There are a host of potential consequences that can result from impaired driving charges.

    Losing your license to drive is a serious concern, as is the potential for large fines. Those who work in positions of trust or who hold professional licenses may also find that a conviction could have an impact on their professional career.

    How losing your license over a DUI in Oahu could impact your life

    Getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Hawaii can have a lot of consequences for your life. The first and most obvious is that you could face criminal penalties, including jail time and massive fines. Even if you avoid jail, it is likely that the state will suspend your license.

    Far too many people simply focus on avoiding jail time instead of addressing all of the potential consequences of a DUI charge. The loss of your license can cause a host of issues. Truly understanding the potential results of losing your license can help you make a more informed decision about how you approach pending DUI charges in Hawaii.

    Reckless driving in Hawaii can lead to major penalties

    Operating a motor vehicle is a major responsibility for which you should have a healthy respect. After all, you are in control of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds and has the potential to cause severe bodily damage or death. Most people take this duty seriously, but almost everyone occasionally has a lapse in judgment while behind the wheel.

    Mistakes like reading a text message while in control of your car or exceeding the speed limit by more than a few miles an hour could lead to traffic fines and penalties. Driving without a careful eye on risks and potential consequences could lead to accusations of reckless driving, which are far more serious than a minor speeding ticket. For those facing allegations of reckless driving in Hawaii, the penalties are particularly steep.

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