June 5, 2009, Newsletter Issue #169: What Factors Influence a DUI Punishment?

Tip of the Week

If you have been found guilty in a DUI case, with or without a felony conviction, there are many things that can affect your DUI punishment. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Have I been had a prior conviction or DUI punishment in the last 10 years?

2. Is there already a driver license suspension related to DUI on my record?

3. Was my blood-alcohol level above 0.10 or 0.15 percent?

4. Was a child under the age of 14 in the vehicle at the time of the offense?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you face stronger penalties. Many state laws demand much stronger punishment for repeat offenders. These laws often mandate more penalties when minors are present, or when drivers refuse to submit to chemical testing. Ask your lawyer what to expect if any of these factors pertain to your case.

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