Costly Consequences of a DUI Conviction

There can be costly and lasting consequences of DUI convictions in California, and you want to do everything you can to avoid them. Always contact a Riverside DUI lawyer for assistance with your criminal case. 

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal charges in California. Without any aggravating factors, a first-time DUI is a misdemeanor charge in our state, which means that many people do not take this type of case as seriously as they should. However, even if you are not facing felony charges, you should know that there are still costly consequences of a DUI conviction. 

You should never simply accept a DUI conviction, and you should present the strongest possible defense against your charges. A Riverside DUI lawyer from DeLimon Law can review your case and advise you of your options. 

Possible Penalties

If you are convicted of DUI, you can face the possible penalties for your first offense:

  1. Up to six months in jail
  2. Fines up to $1,000
  3. Six-month suspension of your driver’s license 

These penalties increase with subsequent convictions, so it is important to prevent having even one DUI conviction on your record whenever possible. 

Instead of jail time, you might receive probation, during which you will need to comply with many different conditions. If you violate any conditions of probation, it can lead to a probation violation case, which might result in longer probation or even time behind bars. Just because you get probation does not mean that you are in the clear. 

Ignition Interlock Device

Convicted DUI offenders will need to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on their vehicles once they get their driving privileges back. This device requires you to blow into it to test your blood alcohol content (BAC) before it will allow you to start your car. You will also need to periodically blow into the device while you are driving. 

While an IID allows you to drive again, it can cause problems. If someone else is riding in your vehicle, they will certainly know that you have an interlock on your vehicle. This can impact your reputation and complicate other aspects of your life. 

Effects on Your Job

A DUI conviction can affect your ability to work in certain jobs. For example, if your job requires you to drive as part of your duties, your employer might not hire or retain anyone with a DUI on their record. DUI convictions can also threaten your commercial driver’s license, which can prevent you from working if you need a CDL to perform your job. Since a DUI conviction remains on your driving record long after you complete your sentence, you can continue to feel the costly effects of a conviction long after your case is resolved. 

Let a Riverside DUI Lawyer Assist You

The best way to minimize – or eliminate – the consequences of a DUI is to seek help from a Riverside DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. At DeLimon Law, we protect the rights and futures of our clients facing DUI charges, and we can discuss how we might help in your case. Contact us online or call (951) 382-5559 today.

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