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Common Questions About DUI Penalties

If you have recently been arrested for DUI, you probably have several questions running through your mind regarding how this arrest will affect your future. The following are some of the most questions we get asked regarding the penalties associated with DUI:

Will I lose my driver's license?

As soon as you're arrested for DUI the police will confiscate your driver's license. At this time, you will be given a temporary license that is good for 30 days. You have 10 days from your arrest to schedule an administrative hearing with the DMV. This hearing is your opportunity to contest the suspension of your driver's license. If the DMV representative presiding over the hearing rules in your favor, your license will be reinstated. However if you are found guilty, your license will remain suspended. It should also be mentioned that even if you are found not guilty during the hearing, you can still lose your driving privileges if you are found guilty during the criminal part of your case.

Will I go to jail?

Most people do not go to jail for a basic first-time DUI. That being said, there are certain factors that will definitely increase a person's chances of being sent to jail, such as having multiple DUI arrests/convictions on your record, driving with a BAC of .15 or higher, driving with a child in the vehicle, or causing a serious or fatal accident.

The best way to avoid going to jail for a DUI is by contacting an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer who can ensure your case is aggressively defended.

What are some of the other DUI penalties I could face?

In addition to license suspension, common penalties for a DUI include probation, fines, community service, and mandatory participation in an alcohol education class.

Can I expunge a DUI?

There are times when you might be able to have a DUI conviction expunged from your record. An experienced DUI attorney at our firm can provide you with more information about the benefits associated with expungements and record sealing.

Will I lose my job?

If you have a job that requires you to drive, your employer may feel you are no longer fit for that position. However, there is no law that says an employer must fire an employee who is arrested on DUI charges.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding you DUI arrest, an Orange County DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry would be happy to address your questions. To schedule a consultation, please contact the office today by calling (949) 537-2202!