THE OTHER PENALTIES FOR DUI

Posted on: September 28, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI defense lawyerMost California drivers already know that the penalties for a DUI conviction in California – even for a first offense – are substantial. A first DUI conviction can mean up to six months in jail and a fine ranging from $390 to $1,000. You’ll be placed on probation for three to five years, your driver’s license will be suspended, you’ll be required to attend and pay for DUI school, and in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Alameda, and Tulare County, you’ll be ordered to install and pay for an ignition interlock device in your vehicle – after your driver’s license suspension ends. That’s a lot of punishment for a single mistake. Obviously, you want to avoid being prosecuted and convicted for DUI in California. If you’re accused of driving under the influence in Orange County, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer.

While the criminal punishments for a DUI conviction are formidable, the fact is that those penalties are only the start of your problems if you’re convicted of DUI. Your auto insurance rates will go up, and if your work involves driving, you could lose your job and find it tough to land a new one. And if your DUI was linked to a traffic accident, injury victims or wrongful death survivors could file a lawsuit against you in civil court. In September, the disabled victim of an intoxicated driver received $1.3 million in personal injury compensation. Andrew O’Brien, 26, was injured a year ago in Bremerton, Washington – in September 2014 – when a drunk driver crashed into him and his companion as they walked on a sidewalk. O’Brien suffered a traumatic brain injury; his friend was killed.

It can’t be emphasized enough – drinking and driving never, ever go together. You don’t want to be responsible for a death, a brain injury, or any other harm. Still, even good, responsible adults can make a serious mistake – or be wrongly accused – and end up charged with DUI under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b). If you’re accused of DUI in Orange County, take your case immediately to an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer.

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