Most people who are arrested for DUI do not have a prior DUI conviction, nor do they have a criminal record. As a result, these individuals often think that judges and prosecutors will “go easy” on them with lighter punishments, or a slap on the wrist. In reality this is rarely true, and even first time offenders will face some very serious consequences if convicted.
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Most DUIs Are First-Time Offenses
According to statistics from the NHTSA, more than 60% of DUI arrestees are first-time offenders. To prevent repeat offenses, prosecutors, lawmakers, and judges alike will often try to send a message to these individuals. While second and third-time convictions will yield more serious penalties, the consequences of a first-time conviction are still quite harsh. If convicted, you could face thousands of dollars in fees and fines, a 90 day driver’s license suspension, and much more.
There is a Stigma Surrounding DUI
Run a quick search online, and you’ll find plenty of statistics suggesting that alcohol-related car accidents occur with alarming frequency. While there are a high number of DUI-related collisions, these statistics are often skewed (if a drunk pedestrian is hit by a sober driver, many studies will include this as an “alcohol-related” crash).
Regardless of how accurate these studies may or may not be, they undoubtedly shape the public perception of DUI offenders. These drivers are typically vilified, described as “selfish” or “irresponsible,” and are often prosecuted accordingly.
Don’t Let a Single Mistake Impact Your Future
If you have been arrested for DUI, do not take your situation lightly! An arrest does not necessarily mean a conviction. With the help of an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney, you may be able to successfully avoid these serious penalties and protect your rights and freedom.
At Hutton & Wilson, our attorneys have more than 65 years of combined experience with DUI defense. We have focused on DUI for decades, and have a proven record of success in some of the most complex and serious DUI cases. Call us today for the aggressive, highly effective defense you need.
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