Were you arrested for driving under the influence while driving on a suspended
license? If so, you’re probably nervous about what will happen next,
and that’s understandable.
Whenever you’re arrested for
DUI in Orange County, you’re at risk of being arrested for driving on
a suspended license if your license has already been taken away for another reason.
Getting a DUI while driving on a
suspended license means mandatory jail time, so if you are in this predicament, you need
to work with an experienced and qualified attorney. You need someone who
not only knows how to defend the DUI aspect of your case, but knows how
to handle the suspended license charge.
If you are found guilty of DUI in Orange County with a suspended driver’s
license, the reason for the initial license suspension will dictate how
long you spend behind bars.
Was your license suspended because you had too many points on your driving
record? Was it suspended because you failed to pay child support? Or,
was it because you were previously convicted of DUI?
The reason for the suspension will affect how long you’re in custody,
and in jail is not a good place for you to be, especially if you have
a family or a job depending on you.
The reason for the original license suspension will affect other penalties
as well, such as what types of fines you will have to pay, and whether
or not the court will require you to install an Ignition Interlock Device
(IID) in your car, truck, or SUV.
Will you have to install an Ignition Interlock Device?
If you are convicted of an alcohol-related DUI while driving on a suspended
license, the court and the DMV are empowered to require that an IID be
installed on your vehicle. The IID is a handheld breathalyzer fixed to
the steering column that you use to provide a sample of your breath.
If you’re required to have an IID, you have to blow into the machine
with a reading of zero alcohol in your breath in order for the car to
start. You are responsible for paying for the IID, and you can be legally
required to have an IID for three years.
If you want to minimize the impact of your DUI on a suspended license,
please contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. so we can help you. Our initial
consultations are free, so don’t hesitate to call.