A man faces DUI charges in Los Angeles after crashing into a parked police car. According to a news report in The Sacramento Bee, the alleged DUI crash occurred in the San Fernando Valley community of Reseda. Officials say they were arresting one DUI suspect when the driver of another vehicle rear-ended their parked squad car. The driver of the second vehicle was also arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
First-time DUI offenders in Los Angeles are likely to face a number of serious consequences. Drivers are typically placed on informal probation for three to five years. During this time, he or she shall not drive with any amount of alcohol in their blood. Drivers will also have to pay fines that add up to approximately $1,400. Offenders even have to attend DUI school for three, six, or nine months. A first-time DUI conviction can even result in a jail sentence and a restricted driver’s license.
Under certain circumstances, a judge may assign enhanced penalties. For example, drivers who cause an auto accident while under the influence of alcohol may face steeper penalties. Drunk drivers who are traveling more than 30 mph over the speed limit or who are transporting children could face enhanced penalties as well. Driving with a blood alcohol level more than .15 percent will likely result in longer DUI school requirements and driving with alcohol levels more than .2 percent could result in a longer jail sentence. Drivers facing DUI penalties would be well advised to contact a skilled DUI defense attorney who can help them avoid unnecessarily harsh punishments.
The knowledgeable drunk driving defense attorneys in Reseda at Sitkoff & Hanrahan know how to fight these types of charges. Our experienced legal team offers no-cost consultations at (866) 430-8383 to anyone facing drunk driving charges.