You may know all about the possible penalties that are handed down when a person is convicted of a DUI. In California, a first-offense drunk-driving conviction carries some strong penalties, including jail time and heavy fines, as well as the loss of driving privileges. Certain factors can drastically increase the potential punishments that a motorist may be facing.
What you may not know is that there are additional issues that may arise for motorists convicted of a drunk driving offense. This posting discusses some of the hidden consequences that may result if a person is convicted of DUI in San Diego.
Increased Insurance Costs
All motorists are required to have auto insurance before taking to roadways in California. The price of this insurance is decided by several factors, including past accidents or traffic tickets that the motorist may have received. If you are arrested for DUI, the costs of your car insurance can skyrocket. You insurer may refuse to provide you with coverage after your conviction, making it much more difficult for you once you get your license back.
Difficulty finding work
When a person is trying to find a job, their potential employers may conduct a background check to determine if the individual has committed any crimes in the past. If you have a DUI conviction on your record, employers may be reluctant to offer you a job, especially if driving is required as part of the position. Other applicants may have a clean driving history and have a much better chance of getting the job.
Enhanced penalties for later DUI offenses
Every DUI counts - meaning that your past DUI convictions will have a major impact upon the penalties you may be facing for repeat offenses. The amount of time you will have to spend in jail will increase, as will the amount of fines you will be facing. Your license will be suspended for much longer, and it will be much more challenging for you to get back behind the wheel.
These potential consequences make it extremely important that you take the time to deal with any DUI charges that you may receive. Pleading guilty only makes things easier for prosecutors - it does not reduce the impact that the case will have upon your life and future.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to guide you through the entire process, and help you present a strong challenge to these accusations. You have options available to you, and at the Law Offices of Mark Deniz, we can help you protect your rights.