Answers To Your DUI/DWI Questions

Being charged with a DUI or DWI in Vermont can be a very devastating time in someone’s life. If convicted of DUI or DWI charges, it could mean the loss of driving privileges, heavy fines, and a potential prison or jail sentence. If there were injuries or death suffered because of a vehicle accident due to impairment of a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the penalties for the defendant in Vermont could mean longer sentences including life sentences or a lifetime suspension of your driver’s license.

What A Skilled Attorney Can Do For You

Remember: No DUI case should be considered hopeless. I am William V. Cristman, a skilled DUI and DWI attorney, who is here to serve you. In severe cases involving injuries or death suffered due to alcohol impairment, having an experienced lawyer to advocate for your rights under Vermont law is essential. Having an experienced DWI lawyer defend you could mean the difference between life behind bars or having lowered fines or keeping your driver’s license, depending on the situation. Whether this is the first DWI offense or the third offense, it’s important to have the right advocate on your side to explain your rights and fight for them.

Vermont DWI Laws

A Vermont DUI is defined by Title 23 of the Vermont law statutes 23 V.S.A. § 1201 that prohibits operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any other substance. Vermont also criminalizes the refusal to submit to breath or blood testing in all situations where a person has a previous DUI conviction or there is an allegation of serious bodily injury or death to another.

Summary of Title 23 Vermont DUI Law:

§ 1201. Operating vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any other substance; criminal refusal —

(a) A person shall not operate, attempt to operate, or be in actual physical control of any vehicle on a highway:

(1) when the person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 or more, or 0.02 or more if the person is operating a school bus as defined in subdivision 4(34) of this title; or

(2) when the person is under the influence of intoxicating liquor; or

(3) when the person is under the influence of any other drug or under the combined influence of alcohol and any other drug to a degree which renders the person incapable of driving safely; or

(4) when the person’s alcohol concentration is 0.04 or more if the person is operating a commercial motor vehicle as defined in subdivision 4103(4) of this title.

If you are arrested for DWI or DUI in Vermont, you must take immediate action. If you don’t request a DMV hearing, you will lose your driver’s license. When working with you, I can help you request this hearing. In Vermont DUI or DWI cases, arrestees not only face the DMV hearing, but they also face a criminal court appearance.

Proving Guilt In Vermont Drunk Driving Cases

In Vermont DUI or DWI cases, drunk driving or impaired driving can be proven in two ways:

  1. Show that the driver was unable to drive properly due to being impaired by the consumption of alcohol. If your driving pattern, performance on the field sobriety test or physical appearance indicates that you are drunk, you can be convicted.
  2. Through Vermont’s per se laws, which state that no matter how well you are driving, you’re guilty of Vermont DUI or DWI if your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher.

Please contact my office in St. Albans, Vermont, to learn your rights and to prepare the right defense for your case. Time is valuable in DWI cases, so don’t wait until it’s too late to get the best defense. Please call 802-393-4154 as soon as possible for a free consultation.