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How are penalties for a DUI conviction determined?

Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol is a big deal, as this can change your life in many ways. For instance, it could result in a loss of your license, meaning that you are unable to do your job as expected.

While you hope to avoid a DUI conviction, you may find that you are unsuccessful in doing so. This can lead to penalties such as jail time, fines, probation and community service.

The severity of your penalty is based on many factors, such as:

  • Your history, such as if you have been convicted of driving under the influence in the past
  • The type of vehicle you were operating, such as a commercial truck
  • Whether you committed another crime at the same time, such as reckless driving
  • Whether you were involved in an accident as the result of your driving under the influence
  • Your age, such as if you were under the age of 21 at the time of the violation

There is no denying the fact that a DUI conviction can carry a serious penalty. Since you are sure to be concerned about this, it's important to prepare for anything that could come as your case moves through the court system.

Your primary goal is to beat your charge, thus meaning that you avoid all penalties. If this is not possible, you should at least fight to have your charges reduced.

When you take the right approach, you can feel much better about what's to come in regards to your court case. Your goal is to put this in the past with the least amount of damage possible

Source: FindLaw, "DUI Offense Basics," accessed Sep. 06, 2017

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