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Enhancements in California. It's not just about the DUI


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11/17/2008
Anders Johnson
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You've been charged with DUI.  You think your worst case scenario is the minimum standard punishment:  two days in jail, fines and probation.  Can it be worst?

Yes.  In California, there are options called "enhancements" which could increase your sentence based on a variety of factors.  Speeding is one factor, especially if you are clocked at 20 or 30 miles per hour over the speed limit. 

Another factor is whether there has been an accident, even an accident where no one else was involved.  A judge may also look at whether you had minor children in the car, which could also include a child endangerment charge.

There are other factors as well, and a judge can increase jail time or fines, or even the type of alcohol program, based on the factors.  These factors could also be used as a wedge to get you to plead to a DUI with the basic sentence in lieu of a trial.

A DUI attorney can help you go through the factors, and determine how to deal with each one effectively.



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