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You have a better chance of a DWI dismissal than ever before

DUIs and DWIs are both harmful to your life and future. A DUI or DWI has the potential to change your job prospects, lower your chances of having a good income, decrease your chances of obtaining financial aid for school and other factors in your life.

How will a second DWI affect me?

The first time you got a DWI, it was when you were just getting into college. You were fortunate in that it was for a minor percentage above the limit, and the penalties were relatively low. You didn't need to drive to get to school or work, and you didn't have federal aid for it to affect, so you went relatively unaffected yourself.

Does your blood alcohol concentration really show impairment?

When people talk about the legal alcohol limit being 0.08 percent for drivers, they're talking about your blood alcohol concentration. The police can use breath tests and blood tests to measure it and see how much you've had to drink. If your BAC goes over 0.08 percent, you can get a DUI -- though you can also get one if you show clear impairment under 0.08 percent.

Field-sobriety tests: Not as foolproof as they seem

Proving that a person is intoxicated without a blood or breath test is not an exact science. There are three tests that officers use to determine if you are impaired. The problem with these tests is that people who are completely sober can fail them. The tests include standing on one leg, following a pen's movement with your eyes and walking and turning.

Not all field sobriety tests are accurate

The horizontal gaze nystagmus test (HGN), is a simple test used by the police to identify if a person is intoxicated or impaired when driving. The HGN looks at the eye movements and determines if the eyes are jerking when looking from side to side. Alcohol and some drugs make the jerking motion of the eyes more obvious, suggesting impairment.

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