The city of Oakland has just received a government grant that will allow for serious focus on preventing California DUIs for a full calendar year. The grant, which was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, is for nearly a quarter of a million dollars and will allow officers to focus on multiple efforts to prevent incidents of drunk driving.
The money will go towards DUI checkpoints, increased officer presence on the streets when drunk driving is common and court stings. The increased efforts of California highway patrol officers resulted in a decrease of more than seventy five percent in fatal DUI crashes in 2009 compared to 2008 and officials hope that this grant will bring down that number even further.
A DUI conviction in the state of California can result in some of the most serious consequences of any state in the US. Any first time offender who gets convicted of a DUI in California could face up to one thousand dollars in fines, up to six months in prison and they could lose their driver’s license for four months. Being convicted of a DUI in California is more than just an embarrassment or an inconvenience, if can dramatically effect just about every aspect of your life.
Upon arrest for suspicion of DUI, the arresting officer is required to immediately revoke your driver’s license. There is a very strong chance that the California DMV will uphold the suspension if you don’t promptly request a hearing with them to dispute the action. This is why it’s imperative that you get in contact with a qualified DUI attorney as soon as possible following an arrest for DUI.
A good DUI attorney by your side through the DMV hearing will give you the best chance of retaining your driving privileges as your case moves forward. You’ll also get the benefit of your DUI attorney’s wealth of knowledge and extensive experience during your criminal hearing. A DUI attorney will ensure that you were treated fairly throughout the investigation and arrest and take every step necessary to ensure a favorable outcome from your hearings.