Sometimes you can get carried away when you are out having a good time with friends or celebrating a momentous occasion, and forget about the sober driving rule. Whether you are driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, if you get caught you will need to get the right kind of legal representation to mount a criminal or DUI defense.
Even if you are not a habitual offender, once you have a record for DUI, you will be barred from many opportunities including certain occupations in both the private and public sector. You will also most likely face jail time and/or fines. In Illinois, according to an article from the Bruno Law Offices website, a first offense can land you in jail for as much as a year and a fine of up to $2,500. If you injure someone as well, you may be facing jail time of up to 3 years and a fine of as much as $10,000. These are pretty steep prices for a night out on the town.
The consequences are also severe for those arrested for marijuana possession whether behind the wheel or not in California, unless it is medically prescribed. An article from the Law Office Daniel Jensen, P.C., website states that the penalties for just being in possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is fine of up to $500 and 6 months in jail. It will not matter if you are not actually using it; possession is enough. If you are caught with it in a school zone, the penalties are even more severe.
To avoid getting a record for drunk driving or marijuana possession, you need to mount a criminal defense at once. If arrested for either of these offenses, say nothing and get in touch with a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best possible defense based on the circumstances of your arrest.Read more