Driving under the influence of alcohol, the price of a lawyer’s help

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Driving under the influence of alcohol, the price of a lawyer’s help

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One of the components of successfully obtaining a driver's license, which allows a person to drive a car, is knowledge of the theory of traffic rules and the study of the driver's responsibilities and rights.

However, many people who constantly drive a car, sooner or later, may find themselves in a situation where they are stopped by law enforcement officers of the National Police and a report on bringing to administrative responsibility under Art. 130 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses.

In most cases, the main reason for drawing up a report is driving a car while intoxicated.

However, how can you protect yourself in this situation - this is what we will talk about in this article.

What liability is provided for driving a car while intoxicated?

Usually, in practice, you can meet two types of responsibility for driving a vehicle while intoxicated:

  • administrative;
  • criminal.

Administrative liability arises when a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, transfers control of his car to a person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or refuses to undergo a medical examination to determine the fact of intoxication.

The main article for prosecution is Art. 130 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses. The sanction of this article provides for punishment in the form of a fine from UAH 17,000 up to UAH 51,000 with the deprivation of a driver's license for a period of 1 to 10 years.

Criminal liability arises when a person violates the rules of road traffic safety or vehicle operation by driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing bodily harm or the death of the victim or several persons.

The main article for prosecution is 286-1 of the Criminal Code. The sanction of this article provides for punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term of 3 to 12 years with mandatory deprivation of the right to drive a car for a term of 3 to 10 years.

Therefore, if a person gets behind the wheel of a car and drives it while intoxicated, administrative responsibility will follow.

If there is an accident and there are victims who have suffered bodily harm or death, then criminal liability will arise in the case of driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

When should you seek help from professional lawyers?

  • If you do not agree with the decision of the employees of the National Police bodies to draw up a protocol or the court decision to bring a person to justice;
  • If you believe that your rights have been violated by employees of the National Police or a judicial authority;
  • If you have doubts about the reliability of the readings of the technical devices that were used to test for drug or alcohol intoxication;
  • If you have reason to believe that the driver of the vehicle wants to be prosecuted without grounds.

If you have any questions regarding responsibility for driving a car while intoxicated, contact the Prikhodko and Partners law firm.

Our lawyers understand complex issues in various fields of law, and therefore will always be able to provide qualified support to the company's clients.

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