Many people who are charged with drunk driving hardly even realize they are buzzed and are barely over the legal limit, but some undoubtedly feel intoxicated and still choose to get behind the wheel for one reason or another. California law sets higher penalties for those who choose to drive with particularly high BACs. It takes a top Vista DUI defense lawyer to fight drunk driving charges that involve high BAC enhancements.
If you were arrested with a BAC at or above a .15, it will result in an excessive alcohol allegation which requires public work service days as a punishment. If you are arrested with a BAC above .20, you will automatically have to go through a 9 month alcohol treatment program instead of the typical 3 month long program. While these are the only mandatory sentencing enhancement for those with a higher BAC, but judges have the option of adding other increased penalties. Drivers well above a .20 can face residential treatment, alcohol monitoring bracelets and potential jail sentences. It is up to your Vista DUI attorney to help you fight any enhanced sentencing the prosecution proposes.
Enhanced sentencing from DUIs with high BAC levels may include jail sentences, community service, increased fines and mandatory AA meetings. The enhancement may come with a mandatory lengthening of your alcohol treatment program, but the enhancement itself is not mandatory. With the right Vista DUI lawyer, you may not have to face this enhancement even if your BAC was over .20.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving and had a BAC above .15 or .20, Vista DUI defense attorney Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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