After receiving a DUI conviction, a driver should be aware of the penalties that may arise in the future, as well as the potential options for restoring one’s ability to drive.
Although laws vary from state to state, additional DUI convictions can lead to increased complications, including potential jail time. In the case of a BAC exceeding state-established limits for high levels, child endangerment, chemical or breath test refusal, damage, or injury, a DUI sentence enhancement may be imposed. Sentence enhancements include a longer license suspension, jail time, mandatory classes, and other increased punishments.
Some states offer a provisional hardship license, wherein a driver may, under certain stipulations, drive to work or school following a DUI license suspension. Stipulations may include taking alcohol and safety classes, meeting with a probation officer, consenting to an ignition interlock device, and many other measures to protect the safety of the driver and community.
For more information about specific state regulations following a DUI conviction, visit an attorney or local law office.
About the Author:
Michael Vereen III is an attorney in the Canton, Georgia, area with over 20 years of experience as a sole practitioner. Mr. Vereen focuses particularly on bankruptcy, criminal, and DUI cases, and he is a member of the Georgia Bar Association.