One of the newest and, some would say most radical tools that government officials have started to employ to combat driving under the influence (DUI) is the ignition interlock device (IID).
On both celebrity news sites and prime time news, it is easy to find the latest crimes committed by the elite of Hollywood. Stars that are followed closely by Americans everywhere are spending time in nightclubs and then getting behind the wheel. While this behavior is certainly illegal and puts lives at risk, just what type of impact does it have on the general population?
If you’ve been arrested and convicted of a driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), you probably have nightmares of being pulled over, subjected to the “walk the line” and other field sobriety tests, booking and fingerprinting and spending the night in jail. Besides being a somewhat brutal experience at the time, the effects are long-lasting and painful – in more ways than one. Maybe you think you had extenuating circumstances or the charges were bogus or some other self-justifying reason, but the fact remains you got the DUI and now you have to deal with the after-effects. How do you get over it and live sober? Read on.
Not only is it extremely dangerous for anyone to drive under the influence of alcohol, it’s a crime in all 50 states and punishments have become harsher. Though penalties can vary greatly from state to state, more states seem to be coming to agreement that drunk driving is intolerable. In fact, across most of the U.S., hiring a lawyer is futile for those arrested for drunk driving because punishments have become state law.
The 212(a)(2) Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility, unless waived, could permanently bar immigration to America. Whether or not a ground is waivable depends on if the foreign national is applying for a non-immigrant versus an immigrant visa and, for certain hardship waivers, whether there is a qualifying relative. Crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT) and conviction of multiple offenses are the major non-drug related grounds used to deny immigration benefits to foreign nationals.