“ENHANCEMENTS” TO DUI SENTENCES

Posted on: August 19, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI defense attorneyIf you’ve recently read that your local police agency is “cracking down” on driving under the influence, it’s nothing new. You could have read the very same news story half-a-century ago. And while fewer people die in alcohol-related crashes now than died fifty years back, all of the fines, penalties, and warnings seem powerless to keep a few genuinely dangerous drivers off the street. If you’re charged with driving under the influence in Orange County, get legal help immediately. Contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible.

The never-ending “crackdown” on DUI has resulted in “enhanced” sentences in California. What that means is that when you are convicted for DUI, your sentence can be lengthier if – for example – you were speeding or you had a child under 14 as a passenger. Here’s a list of the sentencing enhancements that apply in California DUI cases:

  • High blood-alcohol content (BAC) reading: The state enhances a DUI sentence when a driver’s blood-alcohol content level reaches or surpasses 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit.
  • Previous convictions: If you were convicted of DUI in the last 10 years, your minimum jail time, DUI school attendance time, and license suspension duration may all be “enhanced” as part of your sentence.
  • Speeding or reckless driving: If the offender was driving 20 or more miles-per-hour over the limit (or 30 or more miles-per-hour over the limit on a highway), a DUI sentence will be enhanced.
  • Accidents and injuries: Property damage is a DUI penalty enhancement, but if an impaired driver injures anyone, the DUI will probably be charged as a felony.
  • Endangering a child: An enhancement is imposed if anyone under 14 is in a vehicle when the driver is pulled over for suspicion of DUI.

An experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney can challenge the prosecutor’s case and advocate on your behalf if you are prosecuted for DUI under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b). Whether or not you also face enhancement charges, if you’re accused of DUI now or in the future, contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible.

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