Every Jurisdiction has its own laws and criminal procedures when it comes to handling of DWI and Drug Charges. What is common in all these jurisdictions is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty; no matter how evident it might be at a glance.
Status in Law
Conducts relating to abuse of drugs are criminal offences in most countries. Theyhave been criminalised and very high penalties provided for persons found guilty. These laws were consolidated seeing that the misconducts were and still are the leading cause of road accidents and in the United Kingdom, as statistics have shown the leading cause of teenage mortality. The DWI offence is broad in meaning and includes not only the real act of driving but also being in physical contact with a car as the driver.
Determination of Intoxication
To determine whether a person is indeed intoxicated while driving and the penalties thereafter, for alcohol, the courts come up with several factors to consider. In the US for instance, the Blood Alcohol content test is of great importance. Other factors would be the amount of alcohol consumed and the food you take before or during consumption of alcohol.
Penalties for the charges
Victims of these charges face great and lesser penalties depending on the extent of the crime. Mandatory suspension of the driver’s license, Fines and a prison sentence are some of the penalties. Where the act involved a grievous act such as causing accident or death, the penalty is much greater with a high possibility of a long term sentence in Jail in most jurisdictions.
The charges have been provided for in our legislation since they are an alarming cause of accidents, death and irresponsibility in today’s society. The penalties are strict to deter people, and research shows that, laws have actually helped in controlling the people’s intoxication lifestyle.