linebreak__When individuals are faced with a DUI, they often are so concerned about being arrested, being put in jail, having their license suspended, hiring an attorney, fines, penalties and DUI school that they fail to comprehend the long-term ramifications of their actions. Here are just some of the problems a DUI conviction can cause you.
If you are a truck driver, a chauffeur, a delivery person or have a company car, you might lose your job. The reason for this is that the liability of having someone drive their trucks, vans or cars, after having a DUI conviction, is too great.
If you are seeking employment, your permanent criminal record showing a DUI conviction can cause employers to pass you over. The hiring process will normally involve credit checks and criminal background checks and this could prove to be fatal in your attempts to obtain employment.
A DUI conviction can cause you difficulty if applying to get into a college or university. It also can serve to disqualify or hinder you if your job requires state licensing or certifications, such as attorneys, doctors and teachers.
Your automobile insurance will likely skyrocket. Your driver’s license will be suspended and you will need to obtain a California SR22. This is proof of having met the state’s minimum requirement for automobile liability insurance. This can be very expensive and because of a DUI conviction you will typically wind up in a high-risk insurance pool.
Following a DUI conviction, spouses, family, friends, co-workers and employers may lose some respect for your ability to make good decisions. This can result in embarrassment, humiliation, depression and anxiety. Additionally, some will simply assume that you have a problem with alcohol.
First time DUI offenders are normally charged with a misdemeanor DUI. However, the facts and circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest are such that penalties are enhanced you could be facing a felony DUI. A felony DUI charge can also result from multiple DUI convictions, DUI with injury and a vehicular manslaughter charge. Felony DUI charges all carry considerable time in the California State Prison.
If you or a family member have been arrested for a DUI, you cannot afford to get a conviction. You need to immediately seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in handling DUI cases.
Ronald N. Hoffman and Hoffman & Associates are experienced DUI attorneys who have represented thousands of California residents who have been in your situation. Our attorneys will work hard for a dismissal, a not guilty verdict or reduced charges. Very often we find that there was an unlawful stop, malfunctioning breathalyzers and inaccurate blood alcohol content (BAC) tests.
Let us be by your side. We will be with you every step of the way. Our firm will not charge you for anything that has not been agreed to by you. We have reasonable fee schedules and a variety of payment plans are available.
Contact us through our website or call us direct at (323) 655-3900 for a no obligation consultation.
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