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What are the punishments for DUI conviction in California?

Being charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance is a serious criminal accusation in the state of California. For some drivers, it could mean the immediate loss of their driving privileges and the possibility of stiff fees, and insurance fee hikes in the event of conviction. For others, a conviction could mean the loss of their jobs, and even long-term jail sentences. Let's look at the specific punishments for a DUI conviction in our state, which has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country.

Gun crimes in California: The statistics

Gun crimes are often in the news because of their serious nature; they're violent and scary. Weapons need to be used with caution, and those who take advantage of the right to carry them risk their lives and the lives of others. There are people who carry safely and in order to protect themselves. Not everyone who fires a gun and causes another person's death is guilty of murder; some cases are a result of self-defense and other circumstances.

Celebrity chef arrested and accused of DUI and drug possession

Any kind of legal issue -- especially when it's criminal in nature -- can spell disaster for the reputation of a California resident, as it can affect his or her job prospects, family reputation and friendships. Criminal allegations can also be particularly severe for Californians who have a certain degree of celebrity because of the way news media outlets love to publicize a scandal.

Why do people think Thanksgiving Eve is a top bar night?

You may think of family, food and football when you think of Thanksgiving, but the truth is that many people think of it as a holiday centered around partying with their friends. Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year, even surpassing New Year's Eve.

You can protect your child against charges outside juvenile court

If a juvenile is charged with a crime, this can be a very serious moment in his or her life. A charge now could be sealed at the age of 18, but certain types can affect a child or minor for the long term. Other times, a particularly heinous crime might be tried in an adult court, risking a child's future.

California police arrest driver on suspicion of DUI

Lawmakers, police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other anti-DUI activists have pushed for the creation of stiff anti-DUI legislation. These laws mean stiff penalties -- even jail time -- for those who are arrested and convicted of the offense. The laws have also had a positive effect on improving roadway safety. However, police sometimes make a mistake in arresting and accusing drivers of DUI inappropriately.

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