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Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have terrible consequences, both for those injured in an accident, and for those who are charged with a crime. Even if no one is injured, and even if no car accident results, a person who has been charged with drunk driving can potentially face serious penalties, including jail, probation, and a license suspension.
As opposed to drinking alcohol to a point that impairs driving skills and leads to a charge of drunk driving, drugged driving involves taking medication or drugs, whether legal or illegal, prescribed or not, that impair one’s driving skills. A recent high-profile case involving a member of one of America’s most prominent families has resulted in an acquittal of drugged driving charges.
A lot of drunk driving charges in Arizona are based on breath tests that help determine the blood alcohol content in a suspect. The driver is asked to blow into a system that takes a sample of the individual’s breath. The sample is then run through the machine, measuring the alcohol by way of a chemical reaction.