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Aggravating Circumstances in a Los Angeles DUI Case

A Los Angeles DUI carries with it a range of potential consequences. These consequences depend on various factors, such as the criminal background of the person being charges, and the specific facts of the offense. However, in certain situations, the consequences can be magnified when certain variables are present. Although many variables can increase the consequences, these are some of the most significant.

Refusal

A refusal to take a sobriety test at the station after a DUI arrest can lead to additional consequences to your DUI charge. When you have been arrested for a DUI charge, officers will ask if you are willing to take a sobriety test at the scene of the arrest. This request is optional. You are not required to comply. It gives officers a gauge of whether you are intoxicated or not. If they find that you are, they can arrest you and take you into the station. At the station you will be required to take an alcohol screening test. This test is not optional, however, officers cannot force you to take it. If you do not take it, and are found guilty of a Los Angeles DUI, it will be considered when sentencing you.

Speeding

When you are stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence, officers have to have a reason to stop you. They cannot arbitrarily stop you. You must be violating a law, or have a need for a welfare stop. For example, you could have run a red light, or been weaving, or speeding. If you were speeding at a high mile per hour, then that could be considered when you are being sentenced.

Prior DUIs

Prior convictions of a DUI can heavily influence your sentence. In fact, a second or third DUI has a whole different statute and range for consequences. A second conviction, or more, contains with it mandatory jail time.

High BAC

If you have an unusually high Blood Alcohol Level, the court can take this into consideration when determining a final sentence.

If you have any of these aggravating circumstances, or other circumstances that are unique to your case, it is important that you consult with a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer. The lawyers at Hoffman and Associates have been handling cases with unique facts and aggravating circumstances for over 30 years and are familiar with the most successful methods of overcoming and negotiating these factors. If you find yourself in a situation where you need the help of a legal professional, do not believe that you can do it alone. You need the help of over 30 years of experience, knowledge and know how. The outcome of your criminal case can have a significant impact on your future, and the opportunities that would be open to you. Don’t gamble on that, give us a call today. Our consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose. Let us take the stress off of your shoulders and ensure that you get the best possible results!