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September 4, 2017 | admin Potential Consequences of a Los Angeles DUI
When an officer stops you in Los Angeles, it could be for numerous reasons. It must, however, be for a good reason referred to as probable cause. Probable cause must be present when an officer pulls you over. The officer must observe you breaking a law or driving without all the proper lights on at night. When you are pulled over, the officer will mention to you why he or she stopped you. They might phrase it as the question, “Do you know why I pulled you over?”
If that officer suspects you are under the influence when you are pulled over, he or she might ask you to submit to a few tests. The first is a field sobriety test, and you might also be asked to take a breathalyzer or blood alcohol test. You have the right to refuse either, but you will be arrested and brought into the police department and charged with a DUI. Whether you were under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs doesn’t matter. You may not drive a vehicle if you’ve had any of those substances prior to driving.
This is where people begin to feel confused. You’re entitled to an attorney, and it’s best to call one when you’ve been arrested. They can answer the questions you need answered, help you figure out where to go from here, and they handle the legal aspect of everything. The attorney you hire also helps you learn how to plead, what might happen depending on the outcome of your case, and what you’re facing in terms of conviction.
Potential Consequences for a Misdemeanor DU
A misdemeanor DUI is a less serious offense. It means you were never arrested for a DUI in the past, and it also means you didn’t hit anything or cause anyone any injuries or harm while you were under the influence. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, the potential consequences are serious though they are not as serious as a felony DUI.
– Probation of three to five years
– Jail time up to one year in county jail
– Fines up to $1,000
– Alcohol rehab classes
– Your license is suspended for up to one year
– Your car is outfitted with an ignition interlock device
– Your insurance rates go up significantly
Your attorney might be able to get your charges reduced by negotiating for you, but there is never a guarantee that will happen for you.
Potential Consequences for a Felony DUI
A felony DUI is a serious charge. You were either charged with a DUI in the past, or your hurt someone driving under the influence. A court of law is less likely to let you go without sentencing you to something far more serious than you experienced the first time you were arrested and charged with this crime.
– Up to three years in prison
– Up to one year in jail
– Fines up to $5,000
– 3 to 5 years probation
– Your license could be suspended for a year or more
– Your license could be revoked
– Mandatory alcohol rehabilitation courses
– Community service
– Insurance rates rise and you might be dropped by your insurer
If you are pulled over for a felony DUI, do not wait to call an attorney. You need help right away to find out if there is any way to have your charges dropped or reduced. The penalties for this kind of crime can change your life forever, and it can change the life of your family forever. Do not make any legal decisions without the assistance of a qualified Los Angeles DUI attorney on your side.
You should make the call as soon as you are arrested and your rights are offered. It’s imperative you stop speaking at this point because anything you say can be used against you from now on. Call an attorney and speak only to your attorney. Let your attorney do all the talking for you, let them help you make decisions, and let them fight for you. Listen to their advice, and try to learn from this situation so it doesn’t happen again. If this is your first offense, let it be your last. If it’s not, make this the time you finally learn.