Impact of a DUI Arrest
A DUI arrest is serious. A DUI conviction is not only embarrassing but can severely ruin your reputation with coworkers, employers, family and friends. Moreover, it can lead to a criminal record. Penalties vary depending on the facts as well as the circumstances of the case. You can be placed on probation for up to 5 years, can suffer jail time, be required to attend a DUI education program, and pay large fines. Penalties increase if there were injuries, kids in the car, property damage, excessive speed, and/or alcohol content of 1.5 or higher. In addition there can be impoundment fees, court fees, and higher insurance premiums. It can all add up to a staggering amount.
People make mistakes. Generally, DUI offenses are the result of using poor judgment. It does not mean that you are a bad person. It is important to contact an experienced DUI attorney in the event of a DUI arrest. At the Chastaine Law Office, your consultation is free. Let us help you get through this scary and uncertain time.
Some basic facts:
If you took a blood, breath, or urine test and the results showed 0.08% BAC or more and you are 21 years of age or older, the first offense will be a 4-month suspension (a second offense within 10 years will result in 1 year suspension). For those under 21 years, any test results showing 0.01% BAC or more results in a 1 year suspension. The law requires you to take a chemical test in order to determine the alcohol and/or drug content of your blood. As of July 1, 2010, four counties in California: Sacramento, Los Angeles, Alameda and Tulare, require anyone convicted of a DUI to get an ignition interlock device installed in the car for at least 5 months.