Legal Consequences of a DUI
Driving under the influence is a serious offense. It can lead to many ramifications in your personal and professional life, but you will also face serious legal consequences. Before you consider driving while intoxicated, make sure you consider the consequences you may face.
Fines and Suspensions
The fines for a DUI can be very expensive. They range from a couple of hundred dollars to $5000. These fines are dependent on the situation. Your first offense may carry fines between $400 and $1000, but they may be higher with the further offense. You will also receive high fines if there are any injuries or even fatalities as a result of the accident. In addition to fines, you can also expect your license to be suspended. On your first offense, you are given a six-month suspension of your license. However, if your blood alcohol limit is 0.08% or higher, there may also be an administrative period that extends your suspension. A second offense will land you with a two-year suspension. If you need to drive to school or work, you can apply for a restricted driver’s license during your suspension.
Once you have been arrested for a DUI, you will typically spend some time in jail. The time you serve is variable. For a first offense, you could look at anywhere from 48 hours to six months in jail. A second offense leads to 96 hours to one year in jail. This time increases with each offense. However, jail time can be served as probation or under house arrest. If it is your first offense, judges may be lenient and offer you probation rather than serving time in jail. In California, if you have four DUIs within ten years, it counts as a felony. You could spend up to four years in prison because of this.
In some cases, you may be sentenced to attend DUI classes. These classes are intended to educate you about alcohol consumption and driving under the influence. You will be taught about how alcohol and other drugs impact your decision making and driving ability as well as how you can responsibly consume these substances. The amount of classes you must attend depends on your situation. You will be responsible for paying for these classes which are often expensive.
Receiving a DUI will impact you in many different ways. While you might be thinking about how it will affect your home life or your job, you can’t ignore the legal consequences. Take responsibility on the road, to avoid the legal ramifications.
If you have received a DUI, you may benefit from contacting an attorney.