If you have been charged with a Los Angeles DUI, the California Vehicle Code §23152 will outline the potential sentence that the Judge may issue. The sentence is not set and standard, it is merely a range that can be issued based on the specific facts of the case, and the criminal background of each individual. The final sentence will be up to the discretion of the Court.
This is why it is important to have a Los Angeles DUI Attorney represent you in your DUI case. Because there is room for discretion, a powerful argument and weaknesses in the case have the potentially of ensuring that the sentence is at the lower end of the spectrum.
If you have been convicted of a DUI under California Vehicle Code §23152, there are several consequences you may face. The potential consequences are listed under California Vehicle Code §23536.
1. Informal Probation
The court likely issues probation for three to five years. The length of your probation will depend on the seriousness of the offense, and your criminal record. If there is an extensive criminal record, or the current conviction is in violation of a previous probation charge then the probation will be longer.
2. Jail time
The statute allows up to one year in county jail as a sentence for a DUI. However, it will depend on the facts of the case and your criminal background, much like probation. It is not likely that a jail sentence will be invoked, however it is a possibility.
3. Penalties and Assessments
Most DUIs will be charged a fee. The fee will be increased due to additional costs and assessments the court will add. You can expect the fine to be three times the initial fine after fees and assessments are added.
4. Alcohol Education Classes
Oftentimes the courts will require alcohol education classes. The length of this program will depend on the Judge’s discretion and the argument made by the driver. An experienced legal professional knows precisely which argument to make to ensure the lowest possible time spend in Alcohol rehabilitation classes.
5. License Suspension
Your license may be suspended due to a DUI conviction. However, this is an issue that is handled by the DMV and not the Criminal court.
The potential consequences are serious and can lead to long lasting effects. It is highly recommended to seek the help of a DUI professional to help ensure a low sentence!