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Consequences of a Los Angeles DUI

Holiday weekends can be fun, as family and friends get together and celebrate over food and drink. However, it is also a peak time for arrests due to driving under the influence. If you are going to be out and about celebrating with friends and family, be sure to plan ahead and have a designated driver. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it is important to understand that you have not yet been convicted. An arrest just implies that an officer has reason to suspect that you may be driving under the influence. You cannot be convicted unless you plead guilty to the charges, or if a jury finds you guilty of the charges.

A Los Angeles DUI conviction can result in several consequences. The best way to avoid any consequences is to speak to a Los Angeles DUI Attorney early on and as soon as possible. Certain consequences can be mitigated before a formal case is even filed. This can also help reduce other consequences. Waiting until the last minute may hurt your chances, but having an attorney in your corner can be the best decision you can make.

A DUI specialist has over 30 plus years of experience. We know the court system inside and out, we are familiar with the Judges, the clerks and the officers. This helps make negotiations and discussions efficient, and tailored to each individual Judge. Especially when it comes to lessening the following consequences:

Sentencing:

Depending on the facts of your case and your criminal background, a DUI conviction can range anywhere between extensive fines to jail time. These fines can add up, and there can be significant jail time if you have been convicted before, or if there is injury or egregious damage in your case.

Probation:

A conviction will usually give you about 3-5 years of formal or informal probation. The duration and the conditions of your probation can be negotiated and lessened by a experienced lawyer.

Insurance Costs:

If your license is suspended or if your are found guilty, it will heavily affect your insurance .The best way to avoid this is to hire a Los Angeles Attorney early on, and have them work on your case right away. Taking proper steps can possible reduce or dismiss your case, helping you with your insurance in the long run.

License Suspension:

Your license may potentially be suspended if the DMV feels it is necessary. The DMV is a separate entity from the criminal courts, and has its own case when you are arrested for a DUI. Just because the case is reduced or dismissed in the criminal courts, does not necessarily mean the DMV will follow suit. A Criminal Defense Lawyer will represent you in both the criminal court and the DMV. They will work hard to reduce your consequences with the DMV as well as the criminal court.

These consequences can take a toll on your future. It can affect your employment, your well being and your livelihood. Do not gamble on your future, retain a attorney as soon as possible. You will be glad you did!