Getting a DUI can mean facing a number of penalties. To begin with, your license may be suspended simply by being charged with the DUI. Even if you manage to keep your license from being suspended, a first time DUI conviction can end up costing you thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees. You’ll also have to attend three months of DUI classes. If convicted, you’ll also be looking at a DUI probation of 3-5 years. The DUI will also be on your record for 10 years. During that 10 years, if you are charged with another DUI, the penalties, if convicted, become much more severe. Now, Los Angeles County has received funding to monitor repeat DUI offenders to ensure they do not commit another DUI, as SCV News reports.
Los Angeles County has been awarded a grant totaling $299,377.00 from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
The recipient of the grant is the probation department and the purpose of the grant is to ensure that repeat DUI offenders with suspended or revoked licenses comply with all court orders.
The grant funds the probation department to monitor drivers who are on probation for felony DUI or multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions. This monitoring will include unannounced fourth amendment waiver home searches, random alcohol and drug testing, and making sure that the offenders are attending court-mandated DUI education programs. It will also ensure that those convicted are also undergoing any court-ordered therapy or treatment programs.
The aim of the grant is to reduce the number of people killed and injured in DUI accidents. By preventing repeat DUI offenders from violating their probation by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they hope to reduce this number.