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Traffic Law DUI/DWI Newsletters

Criminal Offense of Failing to Provide Proof of a Vehicle’s Inspection

Many states require a motorist to obtain a vehicle inspection before the vehicle can be titled in the state. The inspections in most states consist of two primary parts. The first part of the inspection is a safety inspection, which covers such items as tires, brakes, and windows. The second part of the inspection is an exhaust emissions inspection, which checks the vehicle’s exhaust and tests the fuel system for leaks.

Penalties for Driving at an Excessive Rate of Speed

While a speeding conviction is generally not considered a serious offense, it may have serious implications. If the speed is considered "excessive," (e.g. 30 to 60 miles over the posted speed limit), the conviction will include a fine, imprisonment, and possible suspension of a driver’s license. Other criminal actions related to speeding may include "reckless driving" and "racing." Moving violations are either traffic infractions or criminal misdemeanors, and they may necessitate a court appearance.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

In most states, the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are the same or very similar to the penalties imposed for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The penalties for these offenses are so varied that it would be impractical to discuss each state’s penalties. Many states have adopted sentencing guidelines that are similar to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The guidelines generally provide a sentencing range for each type of offense and provide the aggravating and mitigating factors that can increase or decrease the sentence.

Penalties for Drunk Driving

State legislatures have enacted drunk driving laws that impose strict penalties on offenders. One of the mechanisms most widely used to combat drunk driving and increase highway safety is administrative license suspension (ALS).

Use of Audio & Visual Evidence in Drunk Driving Cases

Audio and visual evidence is evidence that appeals to our auditory and visual senses. In other words, it is evidence that we can see or hear. Videotapes and photographs are examples of visual evidence. A voice recording is an example of audio evidence. Audio and visual evidence is often used in drunk driving cases.