What Penalties Will I Face for DUI?
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs has become a nationwide problem – as well as a top priority for law enforcement agencies. In San Bernardino and the surrounding communities of Southern California, there is a great deal of attention placed on arresting, prosecuting, and convicting motorists who get behind the wheel while impaired.
As efforts to combat DUI in our communities have strengthened, so have the penalties. Today, motorists convicted for driving under the influence often face harsh punishment and potential long-term consequences.
All Cases Are Unique
If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for DUI and are wondering what penalties you may face, the answer is that it depends. All cases are unique, and penalties may vary based on a number of circumstances. Some factors that can influence penalties include:
- The charge involved (misdemeanor or felony DUI)
- A driver's blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Prior DUI convictions
- DUIs resulting in injury or death
- DUIs involving child passengers
While penalties can vary from case to case, convicted individuals can expect harsh punishment that includes financial consequences and possible terms of imprisonment that increase when aggravating circumstances are present. Examples of common penalties include:
- Large fines and court fees
- Possible terms of imprisonment
- Community service
- DUI education classes
- Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
- Driver's license suspension or revocation
Any of these penalties can threaten one's personal and financial well-being, which is why working with an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest is essential. At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our San Bernardino criminal defense attorneys are committed to protecting the rights, freedoms, and futures of our clients and to shielding them from harsh criminal penalties.
If you would like more information about the charges and penalties you face and how our firm can help, contact us for a free consultation.