DUI Jail Time
When you think about people who are behind bars, you may think of violent felons who have been locked up to protect the rest of society. What you probably would not think about is someone who has been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). However, with lawmakers voting in stricter and stricter penalties for drunk drivers, this may indeed be the case.
Though drunk-driving penalties vary from state to state, many states have mandatory jail sentencing set in place for drivers who have been convicted of driving while impaired. The state legislature determines the minimum and maximum jail sentence. The length of this mandatory sentence is determined by how many previous offenses the driver has on his or her record.
Mandatory jail sentencing laws takes the discretion away from the judge about how much jail time, if any, a convicted person will receive.
There are other factors that will add to the jail time that a driver already faces. These are known as punishment enhancers. Drivers face additional mandatory jail time if they were found to have excessively high blood alcohol content at the time of arrest or they caused an accident while intoxicated.
Transporting a minor while under the influence will also land the driver in jail for a longer period of time.
There are many other penalties a driver can face if convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A judge may order community service, a lengthy driver’s license suspension, and the impoundment of the vehicle that was used during the drunk-driving offense.
In addition to these legal consequences, a driver convicted of DUI will also face an increase in his or her car insurance, problems with obtaining or retaining employment in different fields and problems with renting vehicles in the future.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence and are concerned about facing a mandatory jail sentence, it is extremely important for you to contact an attorney who specializes in DUI defense. A good attorney will fight the charges you are facing so you can avoid jail time and other harsh penalties.