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NTSB recommends lowering the BAC from 0.08% to 0.05%

The National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) made a recommendation recently to lower the blood alcohol concentration(BAC) for drunken driving from 0.08% to 0.05% in an effort to reduce alcohol-impaired deaths. While it may take a while for this to become law it seems as though it may be inevitable based on the emotional state of communities around the country.

The last time a change to the BAC levels was made was in 1982 when the Federal Government passed legislation providing incentives for states to lower the standard from 0.10% to the current standard 0.08%. It took till 2004 until all 50 states had passed legislation updating the standard and ensuring they would not lose federal funds for highways. The concern then was that by lowering the limit police would end up catching more drivers who had simply had a drink with dinner as opposed to the highly intoxicated drivers causing accidents.

Today the concern is still similar except that at 0.05% even more dinner drinkers will be cited for DUI as it will take even less alcohol to reach the limit. Are we headed towards the eventual conclusion where any alcohol in a persons system will be grounds for a DUI?

Restaurant associations around the country are concerned that this will hurt local businesses where diners have a beer or glass of wine with dinner to enjoy their meal. For example a 175lb man will have a BAC of 0.05% after just two beers.

What do you think?

Jodi Arias Trial Verdict Commentary

David was interviewed by NBC 12 this morning about the recent verdict in the Jodi Arias Trial. She was found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of her boyfriend Travis Alexander. Watch the video below of David explaining how the defense may handle trying to keep Jodi from getting the death penalty.

How Much does a DUI Cost in Arizona?

David Cantor talks with KPNX NBC12 in Phoenix about how much a DUI will cost you in Arizona:

You’ve seen the anti-DUI advertisements that read “You just blew $10,000!” In Arizona you are probably spending more that $10,000. Here are some approximate costs for a misdemeanor DUI:

Minimum Cost
Fines and Fees – $2,100
Jail – $225
Classes – $550
Interlock Device – $1,000

Auto Insurance Increases
$3,000 more a year for up to 3 years on average.

DUI Lawyer Cost

Many people call our office and want to know, what does a DUI Lawyer cost? That depends. The costs associated with an aggressive and experienced DUI Lawyer will vary depending on their qualifications. More than likely, the average cost of a DUI lawyer will land within the range of $4,000 – $10,000 depending on a lot of factors (1st offense?, misdemeanor or felony DUI?, will the case go to trial?, etc.).

The lesson is to not drive drunk, but if you are suspected of DUI it is best to get a firm with a Certified Criminal Law Specialist like David Michael Cantor to help minimize the consequences you may face for a DUI conviction in Arizona. The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor is also an AV Rated law firm and can help you if you have a DUI in Arizona. Contact us for a Free Consultation or call us at 602-307-0808 24 hours a day.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Scottsdale or anywhere in Arizona, only the best representation will do. Call our offices to schedule a free consultation today.

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