If you have been arrested for DUI, driving under the influence, and injured someone in the process, you may face felony charges carrying much more serious penalties. Whether the injured person was a pedestrian, passenger in another vehicle, or in your own car, injuring someone raises the bar on the consequences to be expected.
CONSEQUENCES OF DUI WITH INJURIES
Penalties can include 90 days to one year in a county jail or even 2 to 3 years in a state prison. If more than one party is injured as a result of drunk driving, one additional year in state prison can be added to the sentence. As with any other DUI charge, you have every right to plead not guilty and have a competent Santa Barbara DUI attorney representing you against the charges.
Whenever you have to defend yourself for DUI charges it is important to realize there are more consequences that will affect your life for years to come if you are convicted. Suspension of your license will create hardships in getting to and from work and other places, your insurance costs will increase, you may even have difficulties finding a job with a DUI on your record. It is vital to contact the Law Offices of Kenneth Hallum to possibly avoid these consequences.
FOURTH DUI OFFENSE (ALSO CONSIDERED A FELONY)
California Vehicle Code §23550 provides; If a person is convicted of a violation of Section 23152(DUI) and the offense occurred within 10 years of three or more separate violations of Section 23103, as specified in Section 23103.5 (also known as wet-reckless), or Section 23152 (DUI) or 23153 (Felony DUI), or any combination thereof, that resulted in convictions, that person shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail for not less than 180 days nor more than one year, and by a fine of not less than three hundred ninety dollars ($390) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). The person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle shall be revoked by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The court shall require the person to surrender the driver’s license to the court. Additionally, a person convicted of a violation of Section 23152 (DUI) punishable under this section shall be designated as a habitual traffic offender for a period of three years, subsequent to the conviction.
FACING YOUR FELONY DUI CHARGE
Attorney Kenneth M. Hallum is an aggressive and knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer. Having been a police officer for 22 years in which he worked a DUI unit and court assignment, he is well versed in this area of the law. He focuses exclusively on driving under the influence defense. If you are facing a Felony DUI, going it alone is not an option you want to take. There are serious ramifications to dealing with the legal system that will impact your life if not handled correctly. It is best to obtain the services of a highly experienced DUI defense attorney to handle the proceedings for you. Each case is unique with an individual set of facts, mistakes, and legal arguments, and most important each case has a unique individual component – YOU. When the evidence “seems” overwhelming, that is when you need a DUI attorney dedicated to DUI defense in order to make sure that every possible issue and defense is explored! Trials can be won, and cases have been dismissed, and Attorney Kenneth M. Hallum is dedicated to that goal.
Contact the Law Offices of Kenneth M. Hallum right away! Know your Rights, Options, and Defenses.