Driving under the influence is a much more serious and complex crime than you might suspect. Nonetheless, many people don’t take it or the consequences of it very seriously; this may be due to the fact that DUI’s happen thousands of times daily.
The limit to how much alcohol that is allowed in a person’s bloodstream while driving is only 0.08% in all fifty states. In other words, you don’t need to be fully intoxicated in order to be charged with a DUI.
If you are charged with or suspected of DUI, hiring a good Glendora DUI Lawyer will help you understand both sides of the law and fight for your rights aggressively. Sometimes, but not always, the best lawyer to hire is an experienced one; for instance, a lawyer who has worked throughout California and not just in the city of Glendora.
Why You Need a DUI Lawyer
- Hiring any lawyer for any reason is an extremely personal decision. You need to look at the circumstances of your situation. Hiring a good DUI lawyer should not be questioned under the following scenarios:
- If you have a history of driving under the influence, especially within the past ten years.
- If anyone was killed or seriously injured as a result of the accident.
- If your job or career requires you to have a driver’s license (ex. Truck driver, delivery person, commuting between home and work every day), as your driver’s license is under threat of being suspended for a definite amount of time.
- If you cannot afford the fines and fees.
- DUI offenses are divided into first, second and subsequent offenses. The penalties for driving under the influence on the first offense can include:
- Having your driver’s license suspended for no less than four months
- Being sent to prison for no more than six months
- Paying fines and fees, which will add up to no less than one thousand dollars if you’re lucky
- Being forced to go to a specified driving under the influence program for a determined amount of time
- The penalties are far stricter for the second and subsequent offenses than the first offense. An offense is counted as second or subsequent offense if it has happened within the past ten years of the last DUI offense. If you don’t feel that these penalties are justifiable to you under your circumstances, contact a DUI lawyer immediately. Penalties for a second or subsequent DUI offense can include:
- Your driver’s license may be suspended for no more than one full year
- You could be sent to prison for no more than a full year
- You could pay fines and fees that are triple the value of the first offense, at no less than a whopping three thousand dollars.
- You could have to spend an extended amount of time in a specified driving under the influence program