Committing an accident while under the influence of alcohol has legal repercussions, both on:
- Your driving license
- Your automobile insurance
- Any compensation for your injury and that of the victims
Depending on your blood alcohol level (0.15% or more), after the accident, you could incur criminal penalties. Drinking alcohol while driving, whether committed with or without an accident, is an offense that is punishable by law.
The Subsequent Penalties
If you are a first-time offender in a DUI accident, the basic penalties according to the laws in your state could be around 2 to 4 days of community service. The first offense means that you have never had a DUI conviction before in your state or elsewhere in the United States. If this is your first time, you could get a fine of up to $1000; in addition to court costs and up to a year in jail. You could also be forced to take a drug education class. Your license would be revoked for up to nine months. You could also get two years probation. If your BAC is quite high, the penalties would be increased to include a harsher outcome.
The Alcohol Education Classes
In certain states, the first-time DUI offender has to register and take an alcohol education class, and this considered Level 1. For the offender with a higher BAC, the class would be Level II. Level 1 is a 12-hour class and Level II is for 24 hours. The offender is required to pay for the classes. Level 1 has a cost of $300 and Level II has a fee of up to $1000.
Driver’s License Revocation
If you do not ask to get a DMV hearing within a 7-day period after the DUI arrest has been made, the DMV will suspend your license automatically. This is the case whether you are found guilty or not later on. In fact, the police on the scene will ask for your driver’s license and take it into possession; using a temporary permit valid for the 7-day period. The 7-day begins after the temporary permit’s issuance date.
There is only one way to fight against revoking your license or receive a hearing within the 7-day period. You have to speak to a Fort Collins accident lawyer who will put a written request in for you. However, you cannot allow the 7 days to run out. You must consult with an experienced and expert accident attorney right away. It is important to stop the revocation of your driver’s license because not only would it be suspended for a period of nine months, but points would be added to your driving record by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Ultimate Solution
Of course, the ultimate solution is to refrain from driving under the influence, but if it does happen, you should seek the help of a capable Fort Collins accident lawyer to guide you through the legal process.