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Many people who are arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles are being arrested for the first time. Many people are good citizens who make one poor judgement call, and they face the legal system for the first time. This means several things for the arrested party. It means they’re unsure how to go about handling this arrest, and they have no idea what happens next. It also means they have many misconceptions about the DUI arrest, conviction, and laws. Perhaps it seems like a minor issue in comparison to other crimes a person can commit, or maybe they think they know what might happen next after binge-watching several seasons of their favorite crime dramas on Netflix.
Whatever the case, DUI misconceptions are widespread. The biggest misconception is a DUI is a minor traffic offense. It’s much more serious than running a red light or forgetting to pay a parking ticket. It’s an arrest, and it’s going on your record. You can’t just pay a fee and be done with it. It’s going to haunt you for many years, and it’s going to haunt some people far more than others.
DUIs aren’t a big deal. This is not true. They are a big deal, especially if you’re someone who holds a professional license from the state. Teachers, nurses, doctors, and many other working professionals require a state license to work in California, and that means there’s a board for their specific career category. If you are licensed by a board, that board will find out about your DUI and move forward to either suspend or revoke your license depending on the outcome of your case.
Another common misconception is your record. This is not a driving infraction. The first three times you’re arrested for a DUI, you are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor charge. It’s going to be present on your criminal record for the rest of your life. This might mean you are denied jobs that require you drive, such as a bus driver or even a driver for a public transportation company using your own vehicle.
Punishments aren’t severe. Many people believe this is true for a first-time DUI offense, but it’s not true. You might be sent to jail, you might be ordered to pay fines, to work in the community for community service hours, or you might even face bigger issues such as losing your license for a specific amount of time. This has a lot to do with your prior criminal record and driving history. The better it is, the less likely you are to suffer serious consequences.
You don’t feel drunk, so you can’t be drunk. It’s true that some people have a much higher alcohol tolerance than others. Where one person who doesn’t drink much might feel too drunk to drive after one glass of wine with dinner, another person might not feel drunk after consuming an entire bottle of wine. How you feel about you driving doesn’t matter, even if you don’t feel drunk. If your blood alcohol level is higher than the legal limit, an arrest will be made.
Call An Attorney
If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, it’s time to call one of our Los Angeles DUI Attorneys to help with your case. From learning about the rights you have under the Miranda warning to helping reduce the charges you face, an attorney might be able to help you avoid jail time and even prevent you from losing your license entirely. Your best chance is with the help of an attorney, which is why calling now is imperative.