Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs and/or alcohol is a serious violation of a motor vehicle law as well as a dangerous risk to your life and the lives of all others on the road. Drinking alcohol, using illicit or prescription drugs can alter your judgement, perception and cognitive abilities making you a danger to yourself and all others. This is why there are laws against driving a motor vehicle under any drugs, illegal or legal, as well as driving with a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher.
Consequences to your Actions
It is clear that driving under the influence of any substance is a danger. There are laws in place protecting citizens from these dangers when someone makes the foolish choice to drive. If you are suspected of driving under the influence a police officer will pull over your vehicle and ask you to go to the side of the road for a field sobriety test that may include a heel-to-toe walk in a straight line, standing on one foot, reciting a portion of the alphabet, and other tasks requiring mental and physical coordination. If you fail the field sobriety test and are thought to be under the influence of alcohol you may be asked to take a breathalyzer test. If you blow a .08 or higher you will be arrested, charged with a DUI and sent to jail where you await your time in front of a judge.
The Legal Reprocussions
When convicted of a DUI you could face time in jail or court ordered treatment in a rehab center or halfway house. DUI is a serious offense and you can expect to loose your license and face big fines and other legal fees. If you damage property or injure another person due to DUI you will be required to pay restitution fees. While there are legal repercussions to driving under the influence if you injure or kill another person you will have to live with that for the rest of your life, it is much wiser to put down the keys and call a cab.