October 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The pressures on a woman in today's society can be overwhelming. Many women today try to balance their careers with family life. They can take on so many responsibilities that it can be hard to cope. Or, because of a stressful life event such as the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or child custody or support issues, some women may end up developing alcohol abuse problems. In fact, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation says that these are only a few of the many reasons more women today are drinking.
Studies have shown that more women than men develop alcohol problems later in life, and faster than men. Women who drink and drive often suffer from depression, anxiety or high stress. And the majority of women who are charged with a DUI
wish to make up for their mistakes, yet can also feel that their needs have not been addressed in court.
Tough drinking and driving laws can affect a woman for a lifetime
It's hoped that most women with DUI charges won't make a mistake that changes the lives of another family, and haunts them for the rest of their lives - as was the case of a Las Vegas woman who rear-ended a vehicle with her SUV last April, resulting in the other driver's death. According to ABC 13 Action News, the woman received one felony charge of DUI with death.
Nevada laws regarding drunk driving are strict, to protect people from being hurt by drunk drivers. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles reports the following penalties for a first offense:
Up to six months in jail or community service
Fine of $400 to $1,000
Impounding of vehicle
Substance abuse treatment
License revocation for 90 days and $120 reinstatement fee
SR-22 insurance for three years
The penalties for subsequent convictions are even more severe. A drunk driving arrest will stay on a person's record for the rest of his or her life.
Getting help from an attorney
The Chicago Tribune reported that more women are getting arrested for drunk driving in recent years. Women account for 25 percent of drunk driving arrests today, as compared to 10 percent in the early 1980s.
A woman facing a DUI charge will need fair and compassionate representation in court. An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate favorable penalties, as well as provide resources for the woman to get help for her alcohol problem. With the help of a drunk driving defense attorney, a woman may be able to turn her life around and avoid future charges.