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Why Do I Need an Orange County DUI Attorney?

Public opinion has turned dramatically against drunk driving in the past few decades, and punishments for driving under the influence are correspondingly severe. Even a first offense that does not cause an injury can result in a six-month prison sentence. It is imperative that you contact an Orange County DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest to make sure your rights are protected.

Penalties for an Orange County DUI Conviction

The specific penalties you face for a DUI conviction depend on whether you have any prior DUI convictions, whether you caused an accident or injury, whether you are under 21, and how high your blood alcohol concentration was when you were pulled over.

For a first conviction, you will receive a jail sentence of anywhere from 96 hours to six months. Your license will be suspended for six months, although you may be allowed to drive to and from work after the first 30 days.

In addition, you will be fined between $390 and $1,000. This may not sound like much, but when you factor in impound fees, court costs, DMV fees, and DUI program costs, the total cost is closer to $9,000.

Unlike most other traffic offenses, which stay on your record for just three years, a DUI conviction will stay on your record for 10 years. This can mean increased insurance premiums for a long time to come.

If You Cause an Injury

If you are convicted of causing an injury while driving under the influence, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor injury DUI has a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment, $5,000 in fines, and a three-year suspension of your driver’s license. This is in addition to any restitution you may be required to pay the victim.

A felony injury DUI has a minimum of 16 months in state prison and a maximum of 10 years in addition to fines and restitution. If your DUI causes someone’s death, you could face life imprisonment.

An Orange County DUI Attorney Can Help

An Orange County DUI attorney can ensure that your rights are protected. Depending on the strength of the evidence against you, your attorney may be able to negotiate a deal wherein you plead guilty to a lesser sentence like “wet” reckless driving. In some circumstances, an attorney may be able to get your charges dismissed outright. If you need an experienced legal representative who will treat you with respect and give you the personal attention you need, call Coffey & Coffey today at (800) 706-7888.