Three Things You Need To Know About Drunk Driving

Sep 16, 2015

If you have recently been charged with a DUI, you may be searching for information about your arrest. Here is a trio of things you may not know.
 
  • 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.
 
If you or a family member is facing a DUI, we are here to help. We are very experienced in representing people with DUIs and will fight to see that full justice is done. To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us.


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Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.