A driver who is suspected of killing three Las Vegas teenagers in a rear-end DUI crash at a Huntington Beach stop light has posted bail as an investigation into the wreck continues. Charges have yet to be brought against the driver in connection with the crash. Authorities are waiting to charge her until the investigation is complete because of the severity of some of the charges that could be brought against her. Since the driver is currently out on bail, the charges will be brought via summons or an arrest warrant.
This incident highlights the differences between DUI laws in California and those in Nevada. In California, the range of outcomes that the driver could receive at the conclusion of her case range from probation to thirty years in prison. Under Nevada law, the penalty would be between two and twenty years in prison with no opportunity for probation if a driver were convicted of causing an identical wreck.
DUI laws vary across America, and drivers must be aware that the laws of the state that they are driving in when they get charged with DUI, whether it is on its own or in connection with an accident, will apply to them. According to a ranking of states from most severe to least severe when it comes to DUI penalties, California and Nevada are relatively similar in DUI penalties, with California being slightly less strict than Nevada as indicated in the comparison mentioned above. Arizona has the strictest DUI laws, with a minimum jail stay of ten days for a first-time DUI conviction, followed by Georgia and Alaska. Ohio, Washington D.C. and South Dakota have the most lenient DUI laws. There is no minimum sentence for a first or second DUI in Washington, D.C. or South Dakota.
It is also important that drivers know that in all but six states, a driver’s license is automatically suspended after a DUI arrest, even before there is any court involvement. The most common length of a suspension is up to ninety days. Thirty-seven states require treatment or counseling for drivers who are convicted of DUI. Forty-four states require a driver convicted of DUI to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. In forty-two states, a DUI will stay on your criminal record for at least six years, but five states will keep DUI convictions on a person’s record for life.
State laws vary significantly in regards to DUI charges, especially where accidents and fatal accidents are involved. Whether you are a California resident or you were a visitor to the state when you were charged with DUI, it is essential that you get help from a California DUI Defense Attorney. Your Orange County DUI defense law firms can help you understand your charges and your options.