DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and occurs when someone is operating, or is in actual physical control, of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance to the extent that their mental faculties are impaired and/or their blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit. Even for a first offense, penalties can include license suspension, substantial fines, community service, mandatory attendance at a state or DMV approved alcohol program, mandatory overnight incarceration and the required installation (at the offender’s expense) of a car ignition locking device. In addition, a DUI conviction in Los Angeles, California stays on a DMV record for several years, it typically results in higher insurance premiums, and an offender may become ineligible for credit. A DUI can also jeopardize your employment opportunities.
However, if someone was injured as a result of the drunken driving accident, it is possible the defendant will be charged with a felony (and if the victim dies, the driver may be charged with vehicular manslaughter). Further, a DUI conviction will likely be raised to a felony if it is the driver’s fourth DUI offense or the driver has had a prior felony DUI offense within 10 years of the new charge.
DUI charges can be serious, with long-lasting consequences for your future. Don't give up and accept the ruling of the system without standing up to fight for your rights. I have the skill and knowledge to help you work toward the best possible solution for you and your case. We can sit down together and put together a strategy. If you have been charged with a DUI in the Los Angeles, California area and you want to put an experienced DUI attorney in your corner, contact me at the Law Office of Alec Rose PC today to schedule your free consultation.