DUI laws in California are some of the strictest in the nation. Individuals who are caught driving under the influence can expect to face serious penalties. These can include jail time, a loss of their driver's license, and steep fines.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these harsh consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, some actions can be taken to help the situation.
Attend Alcohol Treatment or Programs
During Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, individuals get support and accountability to stay sober. In-house programs are also available to individuals seeking help with their sobriety or potential addiction.
A judge or magistrate who sees that an individual is proactive about seeking these types of support or attending an in-house program may be more lenient in reducing a DUI charge depending on the circumstances around the allegation.
This may already be a requirement depending on whether or not a driver refuses to take a chemical test. If a driver has the opportunity to continue driving, though, and personally decides to stop driving while their case is pending, this could look favorably on a judge or magistrate.
Installing an Ignition Interlock Device
This is an extreme measure but could be seen as the right course of action to the court. An ignition interlock device prevents individuals who have alcohol in their system from driving their vehicle. This tool is costly but not as expensive as an in-house support program. This device is frequently forced upon those convicted of a DUI, so being proactive about this tool could be seen as a step in the right direction.
Hiring an Experienced DUI Attorney
Above any of the strategies above, someone who is charged with a DUI should retain an experienced DUI lawyer. A DUI attorney will know how to challenge the evidence against a driver and build a strong defense.
It is essential to remember that each case is unique and the best course of action may vary depending on the circumstances. Nonetheless, a DUI attorney is critical in determining the best way to proceed in your specific case.
The legal team at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates is ready to prepare your DUI defense. Contact us online or by phone so we can help you. (909) 658-7341