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May 26, 2017 | admin What Are the Penalties for Driving Under the Influence?
If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could face a variety of legal, social and professional consequences. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to talk with Los Angeles DUI lawyers who can help you learn more about your rights and how to defend yourself against such a charge. In some cases, an attorney may be able to help you avoid some or all of the potential penalties associated with DUI.
You Could Lose Your License
It is possible that a conviction on a drunk or impaired driving charge could result in a license suspension or revocation. This may be true even if you plead down to a lesser charge in court. Those who have prior DUI convictions may have their licenses revoked entirely. In the event of a suspension or revocation, it may be possible to ask for a temporary license to drive to work or school.
You Could Spend Time In Jail
You may spend several days, months or years in jail if you are convicted of a DUI charge. Those who face aggravated charges may be sentenced to several years in prison for DUI manslaughter or other related crimes. However, it is possible that a judge will call for probation, a suspended sentence or house arrest as opposed to actually spending time in jail or prison.
You Could Pay a Fine
A conviction on a DUI charge may come with a fine of several hundred to several thousands of dollars depending on the severity of the crime. The amount of the fine may also depend on whether you have a previous record or not. Any fine that you pay will be added to court costs and legal fees incurred during your case.
What Are the Professional Penalties for a DUI?
If you lose your license, it is less likely that you will be able to get to work on time. This may be especially true if you work varying shifts and you rely on a train or a bus to get to work. Unless you have someone to drive you to work each day, you could be fired for showing up late or not at all. In some cases, your employer will terminate you simply for being charged with DUI because it makes the organization look bad.
What Are the Social Penalties of a DUI?
If you are charged with a DUI, it means that you made a bad decision when it comes to using drugs or alcohol. Your friends or family members may not appreciate that you put your life in danger as well as the lives of those on the road with you. Those who are divorced may find that it is harder to see their children if they have no way of getting to them.
It May Be Tougher to Get Into School
Those who are convicted of a DUI may find it is harder to get into college or into a vocational training program. While a drunk or impaired driving conviction isn’t disqualifying in itself, it may be tougher to get into a program if you can’t drive to school or drive to events associated with your program.
If you have been charged with a DUI, your life could change forever. However, an attorney may be able to cast doubt on the facts in your case, which could be enough to either obtain a favorable plea bargain or have your case dismissed completely.