DUI enhancements are additional penalties that are added by the District Attorney to a DUI charge. There are several types of enhancements, and these enhancements complicate the penalties you are already facing, thereby increasing the severity of the DUI charges against you.
Our DUI lawyer will help to prevent the imposition of these enhancements because these enhancements can substantially increase a jail or state prison sentence, increase fines and penalties, and can result in a longer license suspension.
Prior DUI convictions could result in a longer jail or prison sentence, depending on the number of prior convictions.
The court may increase a person’s sentence if the driver refused a chemical test at the time of arrest.
If there was a minor in the vehicle at the time of the DUI arrest, the District Attorney can add misdemeanor or felony charges, where the punishment could be up to one year in jail for a misdemeanor and three years for a felony. If the District Attorney only adds the enhancement, then there is a mandatory minimum of 48 hours behind bars.
When the blood alcohol content is .15% or higher, many courts will add additional jail time to the person’s sentence and could require a longer DUI Program.
When the blood alcohol content is .20% or higher, judges will add additional jail time to the person’s sentence, and will require the individual to attend a 6 or 9 month DUI Program.
If an injury occurred that is considered a great bodily injury, the sentence may include an additional three years in prison. If there are multiple victims that were injured, you could also face an additional one year for every victim, up to 3 years.
Speeding at 20 or More Miles per Hour on the Street or 30 or More Miles per Hour on the Freeway is considered Reckless Driving under California Vehicle Code Section 23103 while driving under the influence. It results in a mandatory additional and consecutive sixty (60) days in custody.
An underage driver could lose their license for up to a year if they are stopped with a BAC of .01% or higher.
A driver that is on probation for DUI could lose their license for up to a year (if it is the first DUI offense) if they are stopped with a BAC of .01% or higher. The driver will be facing new charges as well as a violation of probation for failing to obey all laws and for having alcohol in his or her system.
By contacting the Law Offices of Tina M. Barberi, PC, you can rest assured that our office will aggressively defend your DUI case, even when there are enhancements attached. There are additional allegations that can increase the DUI penalties and/or these allegations can be prosecuted as another charge or even a new case. Our experienced attorney is able negotiate with prosecutors in order to have the DUI special enhancements reduced or dropped.
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