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Costs and long-term consequences of a DUI

If you get a DUI in California, you have more to worry about than just potential jail time and high fees. There are numerous other costs associated with driving after drinking, and the consequences can affect many areas of your life for years following a conviction.

Money Crashers discusses all of the financial consequences that a DUI brings. After an arrest, you may hire an attorney which is usually a good idea because of the significance a conviction has. While this costs money, it can be worth it in the long run.

Understand your entire case before negotiating with police

Generally, you should not speak to California or federal employees without a thorough understanding of the law. Talking to police officers, in particular, is often one of the best things you can do for the prosecution in your criminal defense case.

There is a reason that the Miranda Rights specify that anything you say or do could be used as evidence against you. At Kosnett Law Firm, we have seen many cases damaged considerably by seemingly innocent statements by the defendant.

College students with DUI charges could face twice the penalties

For better or worse, alcohol has become an intrinsic part of most colleges cultures. Alcohol is common at college parties and seems to be omnipresent in certain aspects of college life, such as sorority and fraternity gatherings. Unfortunately, the prevalence of alcohol and the pressure to imbibe can result in serious consequences for some students.

College students under the age of 21 who get caught drinking or get arrested while impaired could face charges related to being a minor in possession of alcohol. Those charges can haunt someone for many years. It can affect your professional life, including your ability to get a job in your field of study.

Am I eligible for a California hardship license?

A conviction resulting from a DUI can heavily burden your life. Without your driving privileges, getting to work can be a challenge, not to mention the problems you face with transporting your kids to school if you are a parent. The good news is that California law does provide for a hardship license for people who qualify. To receive the limited driving privileges offered by a hardship license, California law supplies a number of criteria that one must meet. 

Per FindLaw, California may grant you a hardship license if the DUI you were convicted of was your only offense in the last ten years. This applies to any offense related to a DUI. You also must have been at least 21 years old at the time you were arrested. Younger applicants will not be considered eligible. Breathalyzer results are also a factor. If you were driving a noncommercial vehicle, your BAC level must be 0.08 percent or higher. However, the BAC level must be 0.04 percent or higher if you happened to be driving a commercial vehicle.

Helping your teen deal with DUI charges

Parents have to help their children through many challenges, and this is especially true during their teenage years. Teens face a lot of pressure, whether they are dealing with hurdles in school, peer pressure or problems with friends and family members. All of these factors can contribute to underage drinking, and some decide to get behind the wheel with alcohol in their system. To make things more complicated, teens may face drunk driving charges with a very small amount of alcohol in their system as a result of zero tolerance laws, which we recently looked into on this blog.

As a parent, you may be angry or feel let down when you find out that your teen was charged with DUI. However, you should try to be understanding and help them protect their future since these charges can affect them down the road as well. It is important to uncover any details that could impact their drunk driving case and be fully aware of the legal options they may have. Every DUI case is different and there may be a number of avenues to explore when it comes to helping your teen defend themselves.

What happens after a DUI arrest?

Drunk driving offenses are taken very seriously in California. Along with the danger drunk driver pose to themselves and others, they can lose their licenses, receive jail time, and pay steep fines and court costs. Very Well Mind explains some of the consequences of receiving a drunk driving conviction.

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Factors that lead to wrongful convictions

Not everyone currently sitting behind bars is guilty of committing a crime. In fact, there are a number of prisoners in California and across the nation that are innocent and have not committed a crime at all. According to the Innocence Project, 364 people have been released from their prison sentences after DNA evidence proved they were not guilty. Why are innocent people being locked up while the guilty parties are able to continue their lives as a free people? Flaws in the United States judicial system lead to wrongful convictions and incarcerations. While some states and groups are lobbying to remedy these issues, people continue to get wrongful convictions.

The Innocence Project lists several factors that contribute to conviction injustice. Bad lawyering or inadequate defense is one major contributor. When people are unable to provide their own defense, an attorney may be appointed by the state to defend their case. In some situations, these attorneys do not care about protecting the innocence of their client, but rather use bad lawyering as a form of legal malpractice.

How a criminal offense impacts your professional life

Getting into legal trouble often has more consequences than people imagine. The effects can range from issues in your personal life to serious problems in your professional pursuits. There are many companies that have zero-tolerance policies for arrests or criminal convictions. Protracted absences during court could also jeopardize a job.

While it is possible for any employer to have a policy that penalizes employees convicted of crimes, certain professionals are more at risk for negative consequences resulting from pending criminal charges.

How much does a California DUI raise your auto insurance rates?

Your life typically undergoes considerable change once you have a California driving under the influence charge on your record, and you may find that you struggle to maintain employment and support yourself or your family after a conviction. While you may, depending on circumstances, face jail time, substantial fines and related repercussions in response to your crime, you will also experience ripple effects that come from somewhere other than the California court system.

More specifically, Insure.com reports that your car insurance rates will often skyrocket following a conviction for DUI, and this typically holds true regardless of where you live, geographically. From coast to coast, for example, drivers typically see their auto insurance rates climb somewhere between 28 and 371 percent following a conviction for DUI. So, how much can you expect your insurance rates to spike as a Californian with a DUI conviction?

What are DUI checkpoints?

In California, and in many other states across the nation, DUI checkpoints are used as a way to monitor the streets and keep drunk drivers off the roads. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, California holds at least 2,500 checkpoints annually in accordance with state and federal laws. While law enforcement officers require grounds for suspicion to pull you over on most occasions, DUI checkpoints allow officers to check drivers without any probable cause.

Although DUI checkpoints are legal, officers must abide by certain rules in order to avoid infringing on your rights. In California, the checkpoints must be set up and run by supervising officers. Officers must stop drivers randomly or all motorists in a neutral fashion, without discrimination. DUI checkpoints should be placed in a practical location and at a time where motorists will not be danger when slowing down for the roadblock. Furthermore, there must be proper signage and notification indicating that the stop is a DUI checkpoint. Motorists should be held by officers for a minimal amount of time during each check and should not be made to exit their vehicle unless there is reasonable suspicion of a wrongdoing.

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