How To Avoid a DUI Charge on HalloweenHalloween night is known for a few things: candy, trick or treating, costumes, haunted houses, and one lesser known evil — DUI charges. While the kids go door to door exclaiming “Trick or Treat!”, adults are having a fun time of their own. If spooky shots and wicked wine might be on your agenda for Halloween night, be sure to utilize all of the tips from your Murfreesboro DUI attorneys at Wilson, Howser, Oliver & Turner.
What Constitutes a DUI?DUI stands for “driving under the influence”. In order for a police officer to stop you, he or she must have reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed or has been committed in order to stop your vehicle. This can include erratic behavior such as swerving across lanes, running traffic lights and signs, failing to maintain a lane, inoperable lights and speeding. To be arrested for a DUI, you must be operating a vehicle while:
- Under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, drug, substance affecting the central nervous system or combination thereof that impairs the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle by depriving the driver of the clearness of mind and control of himself which he would otherwise possess;
- The alcohol concentration in the person’s blood or breath is eight-hundredths of one percent (0.08%) or more; or
- With a blood alcohol concentration of four-hundredths of one percent (0.04%) and the vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle as defined at § 55-50-102.