Dui Category

A DUI conviction can ruin your career

One of the things we do most often here at the Kosnett Law Firm in California is to vigorously defend clients accused of DUI. We consequently know all too well how serious the charge is and how a conviction can negatively impact your life. Not only does a DUI charge put your freedom at stake, a conviction could also stop your career in its tracks. FindLaw explains that if you are currently attending grad school so as to receive the professional license you need to practice in your profession of choice, the…
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DUI penalties in California

Los Angeles residents should know that on a whole, California is considered one of the strictest states when it comes to how DUI-related crimes and their adjacent penalties are handled. Even first time offenses can result in hefty punishment if the accused is convicted, which we will look into today. FindLaw examines the severity of first time DUI offenses in the state. According to them, the total sum of fees and assessments can end up costing up to $2,000. Not only that, but the convicted person's license will be suspended for several months, they will face up…
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Why you should think twice before designating a driver

If you are like many other Americans, you may enjoy going out for a few drinks with friends or a night out on the town. As a way to prevent people from drinking and driving after an evening of fun, some designate a driver to avoid drinking during the night. This sober driver can then ensure everyone gets home safely without having to get behind the wheel after drinking. The problem lies in the fact that your designated driver may not be as sober as you think. According to an article in…
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Understanding California’s ignition interlock device laws

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your California drunk driving charge, you may need to install a device known as an ignition interlock on your vehicle for a set period after getting your driver’s license back. At Kosnett Law Firm, we are well-versed in the types of situations that warrant the installation of ignition interlock devices, and we have helped many clients navigate this and other hurdles relating to driving under the influence of alcohol. According to Occupational Health & Safety, you can anticipate having to install an ignition interlock device, which…
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Be aware of sobriety checkpoints over Memorial Day weekend

At the Kosnett Law Firm, we are about celebrating good times with your family and friends. We also know that mishaps can occur on certain holidays and times of the year, especially when alcohol is involved. As such, we want you and other California residents to enjoy the upcoming summer holidays without worrying about DUI charges and the related complications. You may already have your Memorial Day plans in place. Perhaps you are looking forward to a picnic with your best friends to remember those who served our country, as…
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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 criminal 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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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. Install an ignition interlock device An ignition interlock device requires the driver to submit to a breath test before the vehicle can be started. Even first-time offenders may be ordered to install these devices on vehicles, especially when there are mitigating circumstances like criminal…
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