Tuesday, 06 April 2010 05:31

Will I Do Jail Time For a DUI in California?

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If you are convicted of either count in a DUI case, 23152(a) or 23152(b), or any misdemeanor case, it is possible that you will have to spend some time in jail. In California most DUI offenses do require jail time with very few exceptions. If you are convicted of a DUI in California, you can expect to pay large fines, attend DUI classes, rehabilitation, see an increase in auto insurance premiums, and more.

In DUI cases the judge will issue punishments depending on the severity of the case. One factor taken into account is how many previous offenses the driver has on his or her record. Other things that judges looks at is high blood alcohol content at the time of arrest or if the driver caused an accident while intoxicated.

Because jails are becoming overcrowded, some departments of law enforcement have allowed jail sentence alternatives for a DUI. There are quite a few alternatives including:

* House Arrest - DUI offender is allowed to stay home, but they have to wear an electronic monitoring device.

* Work Release - An offender has to work at a job site that has been given to them.

* Work Furlough - A situation in which offenders can go to work at their regular job during the day, but after work they have to go back to the "dorm" to sleep.

* Alcohol or drug rehabiliation - Offender must attend DUI classes or MADD classes and/or receive counseling

* Sober Living Home - A living situation in which an offender is assigned to live with other offenders in a home. All residents of the home work together to talk about their issues with alcoholism or drug addiction.

If you do go to jail for a DUI, it's possible to get a lesser sentence for good behavior. A combination of good behavior and work credits can get you out of jail much quicker. It is advisable to talk with your California DUI lawyer to help you with your case.

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