When it comes to criminal charges, being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is among the most common. It can and does happen to people across all age groups, income levels and social statuses. The consequences of a DUI conviction are already significant and the penalties for such offenses can change for the worse at any moment. California defendants could face the following penalties.
- License suspension or revocation
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
- Mandatory enrollment in DUI educational courses
- Costly fees and fines
Without a solid criminal defense, the penalties imposed against you could be just the beginning of your hardships. The collateral consequences associated with DUI convictions can affect your personal life, your finances and your career. Some of these often-unforeseen consequences include:
- Increased insurance rates
- Inability to operate a work vehicle
- Damage to your reputation
- Difficulty finding a job
- Negative effects on your personal relationships
We routinely advise those arrested for DUI to consider getting a legal opinion about your case. This could open up avenues for successful criminal defense that you had not considered. Even if avoiding a conviction altogether is not possible, working with a lawyer could result in reduced charges and fewer penalties.
We also like to tell those facing criminal charges that you have an important role to play in your own defense. Cultivating a positive outlook as well as a willingness to communicate honestly with your attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Our website contains additional information about DUI and other offenses. We encourage all in need of criminal defense to visit us online or reach out to our staff.