Driving under the influence is a much more serious crime than many people suspect, mainly due to the fact that the consequences of it are largely unknown by the general public. Many people blindly assume that driving under the influence isn’t a major crime because DUI’s happen thousands of times daily. But the reality is that you don’t even have to be intoxicated while driving to be charged with DUI. The limit to how much alcohol that can be in your bloodstream while driving is only 0.08% in all fifty states. Just that, and you can be subject all of the penalties and fees of being convicted of DUI.
This is where hiring a good Irvine DUI Lawyer will come in. A lawyer will help you understand both sides of the law and fight for your rights aggressively.
Why You Need a DUI Lawyer
- Hiring any lawyer for any nearly any reason imaginable is both a financial and a personal decision to make. Not every DUI case will require a lawyer, but you still need to look at the circumstances of your situation. Common scenarios where people hire DUI lawyers include:
- 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 their job or career requires a driver’s license (ex. Truck driver, delivery person, commuting between home and work every day). A driver’s license of a convicted DUI person could be suspended for a definite amount of time.
- If the fines and fees are too heavy
- 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 four months
- Being sent to prison for six months
- Paying fines and fees of one thousand dollars
- 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, but at their core, they are essentially extensions of the penalties or fees to the first offense. An offense is counted as second or subsequent offense if it has happened within ten years of the most recent DUI offense. Examples of some of the penalties for a second or subsequent DUI offense include (but aren’t necessarily limited to):
- 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