Three Things You Need To Know About Drunk Driving
Sep 16, 2015
- First, a DUI is not a minor offense. For the first offense, you can receive a fine of up to $1,000, a jail sentence of up to 6 months, and a license suspension of up to 10 months. The court may also require, in some areas, that an ignition interlock device be placed in your car. For a second offense, all the penalties rise sharply. You could receive a fine of up to $1,800, jail time of up to 1 year, and a license suspension of up to 2 years, and a mandatory ignition interlock device.
- Second, California has a Look-Back Law. What is a Look-Back Law? It is a law requiring that a previous DUI remain on your record for 10 years. This means that, if you were convicted of a DUI when you were 21, and are arrested again when you are 30, you will be charged as second offender even though 9 years have gone by.
- Third, the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream required to receive a DUI varies. Generally, a DUI requires a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above. However, if you have a commercial driver's license, you can be charged with a BAC of .04 percent or above. If you are a repeat offender, you can be charged with a BAC of .01 or more.
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.