recent case results
Homicide 6 years in jail
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DUI (.15) 3 years in jail
Felony DUI (.13) 5 years in jail
DUI (.09) 6 years in jail
Monterey Park Dui Lawyers
Los Angeles courtrooms see dozens of DUI cases every single day. While waiting for your turn in front of the judge, you might notice that some of the defendants in front of you receive community service, alcohol awareness classes or other minor sentences in lieu of jail time. The judge often looks at your history, whether you had any similar convictions in the past and even the way you act in the courtroom. Here at H&M, we have lawyers with years of experience serving Monterey Park residents with their DUI cases. We can talk with you more about your potential sentencing and everything else you can expect.
Are You Under the Age of 21?
The legal drinking age in the state of California is 21, which means that you cannot drink any type of alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle. California takes its zero tolerance policy quite seriously, and the state views any type of blood alcohol concentration as a sign of alcohol use. The court views anyone under the age of 21 as a minor, but that doesn’t mean the court will let you off easy. You can still face some high fines and other sentencing requirements as a younger driver.
Over the Age of 21?
Those over the age of 21 can still face a drunk driving charge that carries some high penalties. As you are a legal adult, the judge can also look down on you for violating the law. As a first-time offender, you may receive a lesser sentence than someone convicted multiple times of driving under the influence. It’s important that you think about the consequences of your actions and have some idea about what Monterey Park lawyers do to those convicted of drunk driving. We can talk with you more about this charge and the weight that it carries.
Accused in the Past?
If you have even a single drunk driving charge on your record and offend again, the court views you as a repeat offender. Even if the court let you off with alcohol awareness courses, you’re still a repeat offender. Depending on the severity of your blood alcohol concentration and the other circumstances surrounding your arrest, the judge can decide that a jail sentence is the best punishment for you. The judge will often look at what punishments will reduce your likeliness of offending again. If you got into a car accident when driving drunk, this could result in other issues. The victim of your accident could hire a Los Angeles car accident lawyer and sue you.
Possible Sentences for DUI Charges
Monterey Park judges have the right to decide the best sentence for you based on the circumstances. Most drivers will lose their licenses for a set period of time that ranges from one month up to three years or longer, and if convicted multiple times, the court can permanently take away your license. There is also a chance that the judge can order the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. You’ll need to use this device every time that you want to use your car in the future.
What We Do
Here at H&M, we know that a DUI conviction has serious implications on your life. Losing your license can make it difficult or even impossible for you to get to work, pick your kids up from school and even do your grocery shopping. We work hard to ensure that your DUI charge has as little impact on your life as possible, whether that means working with the court to reduce the charge or suggesting alternative sentencing. Call us to find out how we can help you beat a DUI charge and help you life your life the way you need to live it.