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What are DUI Sentencing Enhancements?

In certain cases, your sentence for DUI may be enhanced which means that you will qualify for even more stringent penalties.

In some DUI cases in California, individuals may qualify for a sentencing enhancement. That can significantly increase the penalties that you are eligible for.

Some DUI cases may qualify for a sentencing enhancement. That means that you are automatically eligible for more stringent penalties. These enhancements can impact every aspect of your penalties, including your fines, and jail sentences. You may find, for instance, that you have to pay heftier fines, and are sentenced to a longer jail term. Besides, you may have your license suspended for a much longer period of time, and may have more probation restrictions placed on you.

For example, if you refuse a DUI test, you may be accused of alcohol test refusal, and may qualify for a sentencing enhancement. If you were driving under the influence of alcohol, and were involved in an accident that resulted in injuries, or property damage, you again qualify for a sentencing enhancement. Besides, if you cause an accident that results in personal injury, you will automatically be eligible for a felony charge, and if the accident causes a fatality, you could actually face manslaughter charges.

Other factors that could be eligible for a sentencing enhancement include driving with a child in the vehicle, or driving at excessive speeds. Other common factors that increase the risk of being eligible for a sentencing enhancement is a previous DUI conviction on a record. If you are found driving between 20 mph and 30 mph above the posted speed limit, depending on the type of road you are traveling on, you may be eligible for a sentencing enhancement. If you were arrested for DUI, discuss your case with a Los Angeles DUI lawyer.

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