Now that it’s December, we are smack in the middle of the busiest DUI season of the year. Why? Because, it’s the holidays and as we all know, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s mean gathering with family, friends, and co-workers to celebrate and of course, there's always plenty of alcohol to go around. What would these celebrations be without wine, champagne, and festive holiday drinks?
We admit, our office absolutely loves the holidays, but we can’t help but sympathize with all of the people whose December and January are going to be bittersweet because of a drunk driving arrest. As DUI defense attorneys, we have seen firsthand how a DUI can be devastating for everyone involved, especially during a time of year that’s supposed to be filled with holiday cheer.
Top Reasons to Avoid a Holiday DUI
In an effort to help deter drinking and driving during the busiest DUI season for law enforcement nationwide, we want to help inform Orange County drivers of some of the lesser-known consequences of a DUI. Here are some facts about a California DUI that you probably don’t already know:
- You can get a DUI for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below .08%.
- You can get a DUI for driving under the influence of prescription medication (DUI of drugs).
- A DUI stays on your criminal record indefinitely.
- A DUI stays on your DMV record for 10 years.
- A DUI can affect everything from job applications, to college scholarships, to professional licenses.
- A recent DUI can affect the outcome of a child custody case in family court.
- A DUI can bar a person from obtaining a security clearance.
- A DUI can affect a military career.
- A DUI can affect a student’s ability to play on a college sport team.
- If someone other than the driver is injured in a DUI accident, the drunk driver can be charged with a felony.
- A DUI can affect one’s ability to travel abroad.
- A felony DUI or a DUI of drugs can trigger removal proceedings for a green card holder.
We touched upon the lesser-known consequences of a DUI conviction above, but we did not mention the criminal and administrative penalties associated with a DUI – which are also significant! If you have questions about these penalties, we’d be happy to explain them to you in a consultation.
As you can imagine, you want to do everything possible to avoid drinking and driving, but if you do find yourself facing DUI charges in Orange County, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free case evaluation with a board certified DUI defense specialist!