DUI and Military Members in San Diego
San Diego is home to thousands of military members and their families from the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines. We also serve members of the Department of Defense. If you are currently enlisted in the military and were arrested for a DUI, you will likely face consequences from your command in addition to the consequences mandated by the California court. At San Diego DUI Attorney, Chief Trial Attorneey Vincent Ross and his staff have been handling DUI cases for almost 30 years and has helped many members of the military through this difficult situation. Schedule your free consultation today and we will help you to understand all of your options and utilize all available resources to get the best possible result for you and your family.
Penalties from the Military
If you are a member of the military and were arrested for a DUI, the penalties you may face depend on a number of factors, including your rank and the specific branch to which you belong. Additionally, you may face more harsh penalties if you have proper alcohol or drug related incidents. Possible penalties may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Dishonorable discharge
- Loss of pension
- Reduction in rank and pay
- Monetary fines
- Loss of security clearance
- Restriction of movement
- Substance abuse courses and/or evaluation
- Negative performance report
If you are convicted of a second or subsequent DUI, you will likely be expelled from military service. In some cases, your command may make exception to this rule if they feel you are an exceptional asset.
Penalties from California court
Following your sentencing from the military, you will also be required to face civilian court. Possible penalties from California court may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Monetary fines
- Public service
- Alcohol and/or drug education classes
- Loss of driver’s license
- Probation of 5 or more years
- Requirement to wear an Ignition Interlock Device
If you are a member of the military facing a DUI charge, it is incredibly valuable to hire a local attorney with a wealth of experience dealing with these types of DUI cases. We strongly suggest keeping track of all documents relating to your case and documenting everything that occurs in relation to military punishment. Please bring this information to your consultation.
Contact our office today at 619-535-7150 for a FREE DUI consultation.