Were you arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) 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, such as a prior DUI, having too many points on your driver license, or failing to pay child support.
Getting a DUI while driving on a suspended license means mandatory jail time, so if you’re in this predicament, it’s best if you work with an experienced defense attorney. 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 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 the vehicles that you drive.
Will I 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 will be motivated 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. You are responsible for the costs of installation, maintenance and scheduled calibration of the device.
If you’re required to have an IID, you have to blow into the machine with a reading of zero alcohol in your breath for the car to start, and the state can require that you have an IID installed for three full years.
To minimize the impact of your DUI on a suspended license, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. today!