Punishments for Drunk Driving in Exposition Park
National pressure to curb drinking and driving has influenced local governments in places like Exposition Park to pay more attention to the problem. The result has been a drastic increase in drinking and driving citations and devastatingly severe penalties for each conviction. Common penalties associated with a first DUI conviction in Exposition Park is listed below. There is also a brief description of what one may face for subsequent convictions.
First DUI Conviction: Common penalties for first time offenders include a collection of fines totaling in close to $1,000 and up to 96 hours in jail. In addition, the DMV may suspend your driver’s license for up to 6 months and force you to complete a program designed to educate people about the risks and potential consequences of driving while intoxicated.
Second DUI Conviction: A second DUI conviction could come with penalties of up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. These penalties may be in addition to a 2 year suspension of your driver’s license and an involved DUI program. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This device measures a driver’s blood alcohol level before allowing the car to turn on.
Third DUI Conviction: Three DUI convictions on your record will bring on penalties approaching $1,000 in fines and a year in jail. It will also lead to a habitual offender label and a likely court ordered installation of the initial interlock device. The DMV will almost always suspend the license of a third time drinking and driving offender for up to 3 years.
Fourth DUI Conviction: A fourth DUI conviction has similar penalties as the third conviction, differing only in that your driver’s license may be suspended for up to 5 years.
Exposition Park Felony DUI and Enhancement Punishments
If convicted of driving under the influence in Exposition Park you will usually be charged with a misdemeanor. There are certain circumstances, though, that lead to an increased felony charge. Below is a description of two common reasons for enhanced DUI charges.
Passenger Under 14: If you are pulled over with a child under the age of 14 and found to be intoxicated you may be facing a felony DUI charge and increased penalties.
DUI with Injury or Death: If you decide to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence and consequently injure or kill another person your DUI charge will likely go from a misdemeanor charge to a felony charge.
Exposition Park DUI Plea Bargaining (Wet/Dry and Reckless)
It has been established that a DUI offense can be very serious and there a number of compelling reasons to hire a competent Exposition Park attorney. For one, an experienced attorney can objectively evaluate any drunk driving cases. When evaluating your case your lawyer should be able to advise you on whether or not to accept a plea bargain.
If you take your drinking and driving case to trial there is a chance you win, meaning your case will be dismissed. On the other hand, a loss at trial can lead to uncertainty as the judge is given a lot of leeway in terms of what sort of penalties to hand down. The sentence the judge gives you will be based on your DUI conviction as well as the specifics of your individual case. This means that once you are found guilty all of the power goes to the judge and you will have no control over what happens to you. Conversely, a plea bargain will allow you some control and you will know exactly what you will get.
If you plead guilty to your Exposition Park DUI and decide to accept a plea bargain your charge will likely be reduced. More often than not the original drunk driving charge will be replaced with a charge of “wet and reckless” or “dry and reckless.” A wet and reckless is typically the first level of DUI reduction that a judge will consider as part of a plea bargain. It still maintains that there was alcohol involved in the arrest but does result in reduced jail time, small fines and no mandatory suspension of a driver’s license. A dry and reckless is an even further reduction of the DUI offense. In the even of a dry and reckless charge you will not be linked to any form of DUI and your insurance will likely be unaffected.
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