Driving under the influence happens tens of thousands of times in America each and every day, and many of those are in the great state of California. However, it is much more serious and complex than many people think it is really is. For example, the limit to the amount of alcohol that can be in a person’s bloodstream is only 0.08% in all states of the Union; for those of you who don’t know that that means, it means that you don’t have to be fully intoxicated in order to be charged with driving under the influence.
If you find yourself charged with or suspected of driving under the influence, then you should consult with a good Santa Monica DUI lawyer immediately, and one who preferably has worked with DUI cases throughout the state of California and not just Santa Monica, and one who also understands both sides of the law and will fight for your rights aggressively.
Why You Need a DUI Lawyer
- Does each and every DUI case need a lawyer? No. So how do you know that you need one? Do you really need to pay the full price to hire one? That depends on the circumstances. If you have a history of driving under the influence or if anyone was killed or injured as a result of the accident, then hiring a good Santa Monica DUI lawyer is absolutely a good idea. In addition, if your job or career requires you to have a driver’s license, like a delivery person or a truck driver, then your driver’s license is at risk of being suspended and hiring a DUI lawyer to help you navigate through the legal system would be wise
- The penalties for driving under the influence are harsh and become worse with each offense. The first DUI offense is strict but not as bad as the second and subsequent offenses. If this is your first offense of DUI, you are at risk of having your driver’s license suspended for four months, prison for no more than six months, and paying fines and fees totaling no less than one thousand dollars. In addition, you also might be required to join a driving under the influence program for a specified amount of time, depending on the circumstances of the situation.
- For the second and subsequent offenses, the fines and fees will be increased to more than three thousand dollars, jail time can be increased up to a year, your driver’s license suspension may also be increased up to a year, and you’ll also receive more specified time to be spent in a specific driving under the influence program. These are harsh penalties no doubt and you may not know both sides of the law either, so hiring a good DUI lawyer who can fight for your rights is vitally important in the legal system.