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Hamilton County officials arrest man for riding horse while drunk

Most in Memphis likely can agree as to the need for local law enforcement officials to protect the public for potential criminal activity. At the same time, however, officials should not be given free rein to do whatever they want when prosecuting one who has allegedly violated the law. While there is little argument that criminal penalties are meant to be punitive (to a certain extent), there are also cases where the prosecution of one may imply that law enforcement has their own agenda in mind rather than seeking to help one overcome the troubles that they put themselves in. 

How does blood alcohol concentration affect a person?

Many people claim to have tips and tricks that allow them to drink without becoming too drunk to drive. The fact is that alcohol impairment begins earlier than most people think. Physical effects can be present even before a person reaches the legal limit, which is .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the effects of alcohol, some of which may be surprising. 

Will I go to jail over a DUI?

Driving under the influence is a very serious crime with very serious consequences. Accordingly, many people charged with a DUI are worried that they might end up with jail time. As explained by Very Well Mind, jail time is a very real possibility after being arrested for DUI.

Stress management and DUI charges

When someone is pulled over for drunk driving, they may be immediately overwhelmed with high levels of stress. Unfortunately, this stress may persist long after they are stopped by a law enforcement official, and it may continue to impact their lives in various ways in the weeks and months ahead. If you are facing DUI charges, it is important to address high levels of stress you may be dealing with, which can have negative effects on your job and in your personal relationships. We understand why these charges can be so stressful and the myriad of hardships that those in this position may be going through.

Breathalyzer tests and false positives

When people are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, a law enforcement official may conduct a breathalyzer test to determine whether or not the driver is under the influence of alcohol. If they notice that someone was driving erratically, they may be convinced that the driver is drunk before they have even talked to the driver or asked them to step out of the vehicle. There are a number of reasons why breathalyzer tests can be wrong, and there are other issues to take into consideration with regard to challenging these tests in court.

How does alcohol get into your breath?

If you are facing charges for driving while intoxicated in Memphis based off the results of a breath test, you may be asking yourself why is it that law enforcement officers measure your breath to determine the alcohol content of your blood. Would not a blood sample be more accurate? While yes, blood samples do tend to yield more accurate blood-alcohol content measurements, such a test cannot be conducted on the side of the road. Thus, a breath test done using a handheld device is all authorities may have to rely on. Knowing the details of how alcohol gets from your blood to your breath could potentially give you cause to challenge the charges against you. 

Father arrested for DUI after fatal crash

A father from Knox County, Tennessee, is now mourning the loss of his 2-year-old daughter from behind bars. He was driving the vehicle at the time of the violent crash in which his daughter sustained injuries that ultimately claimed her life. The 26-year-old man now faces charges of driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance and second-offense driving under the influence in connection with the accident that occurred on Friday. Upon the father's release from the hospital on Monday, authorities took him into custody, where he remained as of Tuesday morning. 

How can I get treatment for alcoholism?

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI in Memphis, your problems likely extend beyond the legal. Trouble with the law is often a sign of alcohol addiction, which can ultimately impact every area of your life. Getting treatment is vital in this case, especially when faced with the possibility of jail time. If you’re in search of treatment, Healthline explains the different options that are available.

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