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In a DUI arrest, depending on the state, the officer will order you to take either a breath or blood test
If you fail (or refuse to take) a breath test, the arresting officer will take your license, and give you a yellow temporary license (Notice/Sworn Report/Temporary License). If your license was valid, the temporary license will be valid for 30 days from the date of arrest. In a blood test, the officer will send the Notice/Sworn Report / Temporary License to the DMV to issue a temporary license by mail.
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, or "drunk driving,"
in Montana is by far the most commonly encountered offense
in the courts today. In 2002, it is estimated that nearly 17,500
people were killed in automobile collisions involving alcohol. According
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this
represents 41 percent of the 42,815 people killed in all traffic
accidents and crashes that year.
Montana Drunk Driving BAC Related Deaths
Motor Vehicle Fatalities Involving High Blood Alcohol Concentration in Montana
Total fatalities 1995
Fatalities involving high blood alcohol
Total fatalities 2000
Fatalities involving high blood alcohol
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2000:
Defending against a charge of drunk driving in Montana is
tricky business. A Montana DUI defense attorney needs to understand
scientific and medical concepts, and must be able to question tough
witnesses including scientists and police officers.
If you want to fight your drinking and driving charge in Montana,
you're well advised to hire an attorney who specializes in these
types of cases. They may be able to get you off the hook, or lessen the fine or punishment imposed.
The laws concerning "drunk driving" have changed radically
over recent years. A person arrested today for driving under the
influence of alcohol ("DUI", also referred to as "DWI" or
driving while intoxicated) faces complicated criminal procedures and a potentially
devastating punishment that can be more severe than
a penalty handed down in a felony case.
An experienced attorney who specializes in blood alcohol analysis
and drunk driving cases can effectively handle criminal and administrative
proceedings. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that many general
practitioners or general criminal attorneys attempt to represent
clients with little or no training or experience in this very complex
field and the results are disastrous.
Drunk Driving Punishments
The punishment in drunk driving cases is set forth by state statute and
can be incredibly complex. The basic statute determines the range
of possible sentences, with modifications for such things as:
Having a prior conviction within seven years
Speeding 20 mph over the limit
Having a child under 14 in the car
Having a blood alcohol content reading over .20%
Refusing to submit to chemical testing
Within the range, the actual sentence in a drunk driving case will
be affected by:
The facts of the case
Any policies of the local court and prosecutors
The weaknesses in the case uncovered by the defense attorney
The reputation of that attorney
All of this is independent of a DMV suspension, which is determined
separately and which can be very complicated.
DUI Not Grounds for Deportation, High Court Rules
Audio, RM, 44 Kbps, 3:33, 11/9/2004
The Supreme Court rules that driving under the influence is not a crime of violence that can occasion deportation, finding unanimously that the law requires that the defendant showed intent to injure. Source: National Public Radio
Field Sobriety Tests sometimes referred to by the acronym FSTs, are tests administered by the police to purportedly assess intoxication.
Zero Tolerance Policy
Prohibition of drinking for those under the age of 21
Most states now have some kind of child endangerment statute. Currently, 27 states have statutes that create special sanctions for cases of driving under the influence while the offender is transporting a child at the time of the offense.
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