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Can I Join the Military with a DUI?

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Untitled-design-27.jpgWhether you would like to serve our country, are seeking job security, or are interested in education related benefits, joining the military is an excellent career choice. However, if you have a DUI conviction, you may find it difficult to enlist. Fortunately, a waiver may help you do as it proves that the military knows about your DUI and is willing to look past it. Waiver approvals are not granted automatically and are based on each individual case.

What Happens When You Enlist in the Military Following a DUI

If you begin the process of enlisting in the military but have a DUI on your record, you will need to address all of your charges. Addressing your charges may involve paying fines and court fees, attending and completing any court-ordered alcohol management classes or community service requirements, and waiting until your probation period has been completed. 

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Can I Rent a Car with a DUI on My Record?

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Untitled-design-32.jpgWhether you are traveling for work or pleasure, or your car is in the shop for maintenance or repairs, you may need to rent a car in order to get around. However, if your driving record contains a DUI, you may have a difficult time renting one. Read on to learn more about what you can expect if you have a DUI and would like to rent a car.

How Car Rental Companies Feel About DUIs

The majority of car rental companies check driving records prior to renting out their vehicles in an effort to minimize losses and avoid lawsuits. Some of the most popular ones like Dollar, Thrifty, and Avis will not rent a car to any customer who has been convicted of a DUI within 48 months.

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Can You Be an Uber Driver with a DUI?

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Untitled-design-11.jpgUber is a ride-sharing company that is used daily by individuals who need transportation to work, the airport, social events, or just about anywhere. If you are in need of a ride, you can download the Uber app, request a vehicle to come to your location, and pay for your ride through the app with a debit or credit card. Since its inception in 2009, Uber has become the convenient and less expensive alternative to taxis. 

Thousands of individuals make a living driving for Uber. Whether you drive for Uber full-time or on an occasional basis whenever you are in need of some extra money, you will find that it is a flexible job that gives you the opportunity to make as much or as little money as you would like.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, you may be wondering whether you will be able to land a job driving for Uber. To answer this question, let’s take a closer look at the requirements for Uber drivers. 

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How to Avoid a DUI Charge

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Untitled-design-20.jpgGetting pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI) can be a frightening experience. Fortunately, there are several ways you can avoid a DUI charge as well as getting pulled over in the first place. If you are going out to a party or any social event where drinking will be involved, be sure to adhere to the tips listed below.

 

  • Eat Something. Always eat something while you are drinking. By eating, you can slow down your body’s alcohol intake. If you drink on an empty stomach, your body will absorb alcohol quicker, causing your blood alcohol content or BAC to increase at a faster rate than if you had food in your system.
  • Drive Safely and Ensure Your Vehicle is in Good Condition. If you do drive after a party or social event, be sure to drive safely and ensure your vehicle is in good condition so that the police do not have a reasonable suspicion to pull your over. Your headlights should be on and your vehicle should be free of leaks, shattered windows, broken taillights, and other issues.
  • Make Sure Your Driver’s License and Insurance Information is Easily Accessible. When a police officer pulls you over, they will ask you for your driver’s license and car insurance information. Keeping both your license and insurance information in a place that is easily accessible may prevent suspicion that you may be driving drunk.
  • Utilize a Taxi or Ride-Sharing Service. If you are drinking, utilize a taxi or ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft. Spending some money on a taxi or ride-sharing service is well worth it considering it can save you from thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record.
  • Designate a Driver. If you know you will be drinking, it is a good idea to designate a driver to make sure you get home safely. You should take turns being the designated driver with friends and family members so that one person is not always left with the burden. 
  • Find Somewhere to Sleep. If you are drinking at a friend or family member’s house, ask them if you could sleep over that night. In the event you are drinking at a wedding or another special event, you should book a hotel that is within walking distance so you do not have to worry about driving home afterwards.
  • Host a Party at Home. If you would like to drink without the risk of being charged with a DUI, you should consider hosting a party at home. If you are drinking at home, you will not have any reason to leave your home and engage in drunk driving.

Contact Our Waukesha County Drunk Driving Attorneys Today

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Untitled-design-21.jpgWhen you are pulled over for drunk driving, you may be confused and unsure of what to expect. In addition to a breath test, a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin will ask you to complete a series of field sobriety tests prior to your potential arrest. Field sobriety tests are known as “divided attention” tests, which are intended to evaluate your ability to drive safely.

Although an officer may ask you to complete a few non-standardized tests, there are three field sobriety tests that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recognizes as the most accurate. These tests include the horizontal gaze nystagmus or HGN test, the walk and turn test, and the one-leg stand test.

 

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