There are a number of reasons why people get behind the wheel when they are over the legal limit. In some cases, people may not realize that their blood alcohol content level has surpassed the legal limit because they did not think they drank very much (this can be especially tricky when it comes to mixed drinks at a party, for example). In other instances, a driver may feel sober and think that enough time has passed to allow their system to remove alcohol when they are still considered drunk. Moreover, some people may be more likely to drive drunk when they are struggling with depression and other emotional hurdles.
People become depressed for many reasons, whether they recently discovered that their job was being terminated or their spouse decided to file for a divorce. Unfortunately, some people turn to alcohol, and this can lead to additional issues (such as getting behind the wheel while intoxicated) which can make life even harder. Someone who is pulled over for drunk driving may face even greater emotional problems and their life may be disrupted in all sorts of ways, whether they lose their driving privileges or even have to spend time behind bars.
Our law office is well aware of how difficult life can be when depression arises, and we know how hard it can be for people to deal with drunk driving charges when they are facing other crises in life. This underlines why it is so important for those charged with DUI to examine their options closely.