If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, you will be facing court and a possible conviction. If convicted, there is a range of consequences that could be a part of your sentence depending on the facts of your case and your criminal history.
If you have prior convictions, especially a prior DUI conviction, it could affect your sentence. Additionally, if there is injury or significant damage to property, you may be facing a significantly higher range of consequences. Possible consequences include:
- Probation from three to five years
- Up to one year in county jail, or up to three years in prison
- Alcohol education or rehabilitation classes
- License suspension
- Installation of a CA ignition interlock device
- Insurance consequences
There are several different factors that can also enhance the consequences. This means that it could lead to higher penalties or sentences if one of the enhancing factors are present in your case.
Sentencing is based upon a range. The statute does not give one set sentence for violations of the driving under the influence charges. For example, if you have a high blood alcohol level, and you have a prior DUI conviction, chances are, you will be facing a penalty on the higher end of the scale. If there is bodily injury resulting in permanent damage or death, you will be facing a penalty higher on the range, and will likely include a prison sentence. In contrast, if you cause no property damage, or injury, have had no prior convictions, and had a low blood alcohol level such as .09, you will face a sentence on the lower end of the scale.
Excessive speeding can cause your sentence to be higher. If you are driving 15 mph over the speed limit on streets, or 20 mph over the speed limit on the freeway, you could have additional consequences. This is considered excessive speeding and will have an impact on the consequences you may face if convicted.
Similarly, if your blood alcohol level is high, 1.5 or over, it could have an influence on your final sentence if convicted. This could lead to additional jail time, extended alcohol education program or even a higher fine.
If you are facing a potential DUI conviction, it is important that you consult with a Los Angeles DUI Attorney as soon as possible, especially if you have enhancing factors. If a case is properly prepared with the help of an experienced and skilled legal professional, it could mean reduced penalties and sentences.
A legal professional has the background and knowledge to engage in negotiations with prosecutors so that they are able to reduce the charges against you and with it keep any potential sentences as low as possible. If you want to give yourself the best possible chance at getting your case dismissed or reduced, be sure to hire a Los Angeles DUI attorney so that they can fight for you!