DUI cases vary widely and the outcome depends upon a variety of factors, which we’re going to explain shortly. If you are facing DUI charges in Orange County, you should know that a conviction will result in both short and long-term consequences, such as driver’s license suspension, a mark on your driving record for 10 years, and skyrocketing insurance premiums.
What types of factors influence the outcome of a DUI case? There are several, but these are the major factors:
- Whether you have a history of DUI
- If you had a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- If there were any children in your vehicle at the time of the DUI stop
- If your DUI was drug-related (for immigration/deportation purposes)
- If you were driving a commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck or bus
- Whether anyone was injured or killed
- If you were speeding or driving recklessly
- If you caused a car accident
- If you were under the age of 21
Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Generally, if it’s a driver’s first DUI offense and no one was injured or killed, the DUI would be charged as a misdemeanor offense. However, if it’s the driver’s fourth DUI (wet reckless included) in 10 years, or if someone was injured or killed, the DUI would likely be prosecuted as a felony offense.
So, if this is your first DUI and there were no aggravating circumstances surrounding your offense, your penalties will not be has severe as a felony DUI. But, if your DUI attorney can find holes in the prosecution’s case, it may be possible to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Here's what to expect in the event of a DUI conviction in Orange County:
- DUI school
- AA classes
- Increased insurance premiums
- Attend MAAD victim impact panel
- Community service
- Possible jail time
- Driver’s license suspension
- Possible Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
What are the long-term consequences?
Even if you are convicted of a misdemeanor DUI, there will be long-term consequences because DUIs: show up on criminal background checks, affect many types of professional licenses, they stay on criminal records indefinitely, they cause insurance to skyrocket, and they affect employment, scholarships, and even child custody in some cases.
Additionally, if you are convicted of felony DUI, the conviction would affect your ability to own or possess a firearm in the state of California. If you’re a non-U.S. citizen, a felony DUI could subject you to deportation.
If you, or someone you love is facing DUI charges, call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free case evaluation!