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In Ventura DUI cases, if your breath or blood chemical test reveals a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above 0.15%, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office will seek increased penalties by filing what are known as “special allegations” against you. If you are facing increased penalties due to special allegations in a Ventura DUI case, you need an experienced, local Ventura DUI defense lawyer on your side.

Special Allegations

At The Law Offices of David Lehr, our Ventura DUI lawyer routinely gets special allegations dismissed. We have substantial experience successfully presenting a wide range of defenses to Ventura DUI charges, and we work closely with each and every client to understand the specifics of his or her case in order to present the best possible DUI defense.

Special Allegations for BAC Levels Above 0.15%

If you plead guilty or are convicted in a Ventura DUI case involving a BAC above 0.15%, you will not have the option to perform work release. This means that you will be required to serve time in jail – typically forty-eight hours over a span of three days. You will also be required attend a nine-month Drinking Driver Program (alcohol school), which costs about twice as much as the standard three-month program required in cases not involving special allegations.

Special Allegations for BAC Levels Above 0.20%

The penalties are further enhanced in cases involving BAC levels above 0.20%.

If you are facing special allegations for a BAC above 0.20%, for starters you are subject to the same increased penalties that apply to special allegations in Ventura DUI cases involving a BAC above 0.15%. However, you also will be required to install ignition interlock devices in your vehicles at a cost of about $800 per vehicle, and you and will be prohibited from drinking or possessing alcohol, or even being present in bars and other places where alcohol is the chief item of sale. In addition, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license for a minimum of ten months.

Consequences of Special Allegations in Ventura DUI Cases

As you can see, special allegations for high BAC levels make the already-harsh Ventura DUI penalties even tougher. In Ventura DUI cases involving special allegations, we are frequently successful in keeping our clients out of jail and out of the nine-month alcohol school program. In addition, as in all cases, we will thoroughly investigate and present all possible defenses that we might be able to use to have your Ventura DUI charges reduced or dismissed.

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If you facing with a Ventura DUI with possible special allegations, click here schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced Ventura DUI attorney at The Law Offices of David Lehr.

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