DUI Sentence Enhancement in California

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What Is a DUI Sentence Enhancement in California?

A first time DUI offense is usually charged as a misdemeanor offense. However, under the California enhancement laws, the penalties for a DUI may be increased if there are aggravating circumstances.

California has created a statute that contains several enhanced penalties when certain aggravating situations exist at the time of the DUI arrest. These include:

What Are the DUI Enhancement Penalties?

The state of California Enhancement laws are designed to add more penalties to the standard penalties because of the aggravating circumstances that exist at the time of the original DUI arrest.

Since DUIs are bad as it is, the aggravating situations create more risk and danger, which is why the enhanced penalties are created. The enhanced penalties depend on the circumstances. Several examples are outlined below:

Do I Need a Lawyer?

DUI arrests result in serious penalties even for first time offenders. If you are a multiple offender or there are aggravating circumstances that surround your DUI, the penalties even become heftier. Following a DUI arrest, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Your lawyer will help you fight any charges, including enhancement penalties, and may be able to help you reduce your penalties.

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Last Modified: 09-25-2014 03:33 PM PDT

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