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Misdemeanor charges for California Senator accused of DUI

Ben Hueso, a California State Senator, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving after an arrest in the early morning hours of Aug. 22. The charges -- one count of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more -- will likely haunt Hueso for some time.

We'd like to use this story to talk about a couple of the indirect consequences of a drunk driving charge that accompany the legal consequences of a drunk driving charge. The first indirect consequence is the stigma that a drunk driving charge can carry.

In this case, the individual accused of a drunk driving offense is in a high-profile and very visible position. But even if the individual doesn't have these circumstances, a drunk driving charge will follow them for a long time. It could make it difficult to obtain a job or to find a place to live (because the charge is attached to your criminal history).

Even if it doesn't, it could still be something that is brought up in conversation with friends, family, or even people you don't know, such as in a social setting or in a business setting. This can be embarrassing and debilitating.

The other element here is that a DUI charge can result in the individual losing his or her license or his or her car. This can have personal and professional consequences. You may not be able to perform needed tasks for your family without the ability to drive, and you may not be able to fulfill duties for your job -- or even look for work -- because you aren't able to drive.

All of this is to say that no matter the circumstances of your drunk driving charge, you need a defense attorney to help you limit the damage of the case.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "State Sen. Ben Hueso charged with misdemeanor drunk driving," Melanie Mason, Sept. 8, 2014

Tags: Drunk Driving


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