Los Angeles DUI Enhancements Attorney Working to Reduce Drunk Driving Penalties In California
There are far too many accidents that take place because of drunk driving in California, especially in the Southern California region. This explains why the great golden state has cracked down on drunk driving penalties over the years by adding additional charges to increase a drunk driver’s punishment.
Aggressive Law Firm Fighting DUI Sentencing Enhancements
If you find yourself or a loved one facing a California first offense DUI charge—or even a second or third charge—it’s critical to hire one of the best DUI attorneys in L.A. County, CA. Here at Braden & Tucci, we don’t just like to tell you, we will show and prove by reducing or completely ridding your sentencing enhancement charges. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about DUI sentence enhancements:
What Does Each Enhancement Mean for You In DUI Court?
As briefly mentioned above, DUI enhancements are a way for California courts to prevent more DUI cases by further punishing drunk drivers depending on the details of the event. There are different types of sentencing enhancements that California courts recognize, some of which include:
Courts frown upon irresponsible driving already, but especially when there is a minor in the vehicle as well. The prosecution may add a sentencing enhancement to your current charges (or a separate criminal charge) if the DUI driver had someone in the vehicle that was 14 years old or younger. Punishments include jail time, one year of parenting classes, additional DUI probation terms, and other additional consequences.
Refusal to Submit
Many people believe that it’s best to refuse to submit an alcohol test. This proves to be untrue as refusing to provide an alcohol test can actually result in additional charges and/or enhancements—even if you provide a sample test later on! The punishments following this DUI enhancement may include license suspension or even additional jail time.
Anyone can be charged with driving under the influence when he or she has a BAC of 0.08% or higher, but there are additional charges or sentence enhancements that can be added if the person’s BAC is 0.20% or higher.
Why is that? A BAC of 0.20% is two and a half times the legal limit, implying that the driver was excessively drunk on the roads. As a result, the driver can experience increased charges or other punishments, even if it is their very first DUI offense.
As many may expect, California courts definitely frown upon drivers with a history of drunk driving. It is almost immediate that the driver will be charged with additional sentencing enhancements because of their multiple DUI status. This can lead to increased jail time, intense DUI probation terms, classes and rehabilitation, and so much more without the correct representation from a qualified DUI attorney.
This enhancement deals with driving at an unnecessary speed. Yes, even speeding while drunk driving can increase your charges and/or sentencing. Courts will enforce this DUI sentencing enhancement when the driver has sped more than 20mph over the specified speed limit on a public road or over 30mph over the limit on a freeway.
As if it’s not bad enough to face DUI charges themselves, California courts may inflict an impoundment enhancing that demands that your vehicle becomes impounded after a DUI arrest. This may depend on if you have other violations, like if you were driving with a suspended license or if you were driving excessively over the speed limit.
If you already have a felony record, it’s widely known that you’re supposed to “stay out of trouble.” Prosecutors will not shy away from additional charges for DUI drivers that have an existing felony. This is especially true if the prior felony was related to a DUI in any capacity.
DUI Construction Zone
If you’re facing DUI charges in a California construction zone, you’ll face stiffer penalties than you would face outside of a construction zone. Why? CA law already doubles fines for traffic misdemeanors in a construction zone, so any offense in a construction zone automatically increases criminal charges. This is especially true for DUI arrests.
This DUI enhancement is very similar to the DUI Construction Zone enhancement mentioned above. Safety zones can be considered construction zones as well, but that’s not all. For instance, if you’re crossing a busy bridge, like the Golden Gate bridge, that would be considered a “safety enhancement zone.” Depending on the details of your case, you could face additional charges or increased punishment for where your DUI took place.
CA law states that great bodily injury is considered an injury that is greater than minor or moderate harm. In fact, they define this type of injury as “significant or substantial.” These types of injuries may include broken bones, soft tissue injuries (that require more than minor medical attention), and traumatic brain injuries just to name a few. The punishment for this enhancement may require the defendant to serve at least 85% of their jail time before being considered eligible or parole, among many other variations.
Let Our Los Angeles DUI Law Firm Help You Fight Your Sentencing Enhancement
It’s apparent that the leniency that California courts will show DUI drivers is slim. That’s why it’s so important to find a qualified attorney that offers years of experiencing representing DUI drivers.
Here at Braden & Tucci, we understand that drunk driving may have just been a mistaken moment that can be highly regretted and rehabbed. We don’t believe that the consequences for this singular moment in your life should follow you forever, although with California DUI sentencing enhancements, it can be difficult to shake yourself of this dark past.
Even if this is your first offense, be sure to contact our office to discuss the details of your case. Our attorneys, Vincent John Tucci and Sonia J. Tucci, take pride in helping the people of Orange County, Irvine, Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas correct their lives by first reducing their charges in court. Call us today at (213) 935-7550!