If you have been charged with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) related offense in Fresno or the surrounding areas, you will most likely face numerous situations stemming from the charge. The following list includes 10 common events that will occur in the majority of DUI cases. While it may vary depending on your specific case, it is helpful to become familiar with this list.
- Arrested and Booked: Once a law enforcement officer determines that you have violated the law by driving under the influence of alcohol, you will be arrested for DUI. After being placed in the police vehicle, you will be taken to a local police station in order complete booking procedures. This includes having your photograph (mug shot) and fingerprints taken.
- Appear in Court: At the time you were arrested, you were likely given a summons or other similar documentation, notifying you of the upcoming court date at which you will face your DUI charges in a court of law.
- Lose Your Driver's License: In California, your penalty may include loss of driving privileges for a certain period of time. If you have been convicted of DUI in the past, this penalty will be heightened and you may lose your license for a longer period of time.
- Pay a Fine: A first offense DUI conviction will involve a fine for as much as $1,000. This is in addition to court costs and legal fees. Depending on the individual case, you may incur a larger fine. For example, if property damage resulted from your DUI.
- Go to Jail: A DUI in Fresno may lead you to face six months in jail. This jail term is associated with an individual's first DUI offense.
- Complete the Terms of Your Probation: No matter what probationary terms the judge determines is most applicable for your situation, you will be expected to carry them out. If you fail to abide by these terms, you will likely face additional jail time. In addition to the terms themselves, you will also be expected to pay a fee associated with the terms that is used to fund the administration and supervision of your sentence.
- Attend Alcohol Education Classes: Part of your sentence will most likely include attending and participating in an alcohol education program. This program will include alcohol education and information related to substance abuse and social behaviors.
- Complete an Alcohol Evaluation: Often times, as part of your alcohol education, you will be expected to meet with a trained counselor in order for her to determine if you suffer from alcohol abuse. The meeting will include a series of questions regarding how alcohol affects your life.
- Pay Increased Auto Insurance Rates: Once you have had your license reinstated, you typically will be required to pay higher auto insurance rates because you will likely be considered a high-risk driver.
- Install Ignition Interlock Device: You may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. This device requires the individual to provide a breath sample before the engine will start.
If you have been charged with a DUI related offense in Fresno or the surrounding areas, contact an experienced DUI attorney who works in the area and is knowledgeable on local law and practices. Defending DUI charges in California is not easy and it is in your best interest to work with a professional that will help you to understand the laws and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome regarding your case.
I have devoted my practice to DUI defense and I am here to help you through the process. I understand the laws and realize that not all DUI arrests made are solid DUI's that can be proven. Call my office today to schedule a consultation.