Golf is a great sport and it’s easy to get carried away at the club but what happens if you find yourself behind the wheel of a Golf Cart after an accident?
Some of you may have caught the news last month; drinking while out for a game on the course is not uncommon and while most people don’t discuss it. It’s a reality that was brought to the forefront last month in Orange County and made the weekend news where it was alleged that a local resident was under the influence after a Golf Cart crash. Of course, it goes without saying that the resident and anyone facing the same situation is innocent until proven guilty. With that said, it’s not an easy position to be in and it is something that can happen to anyone, whether it be a common motor vehicle, a motorcycle or even a golf cart. What happens if you get into an accident with a Golf Cart and are accused of driving under the influence?
DUI Charges And Penalties In Orange County
If you are accused of Driving Under The Influence in Orange County, you may be facing serious penalties, possible charges, and license suspension. DUI is a very serious offense in Orange County and like any other county in California, it can be life-altering as well as costly. Normally, the first DUI Offense may be charged as a misdemeanor so long as an accident did not take place however, the charges can result in a Drivers License Suspension of six months. You may also face probation anywhere from one to five years as well as a mandatory alcohol program that can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months. The fines can take a toll on you and your family and range from the low end of $390, to the higher end at around $1000. The latter doesn’t even include the fact that you could face up to six months in jail and the headache and stress of increased or terminated car insurance. A second or third offense within a 10 year period of the first DUI is similar, however, you can expect harsher sentencing in terms of license suspensions, probation, fines and jail time.
A fourth DUI Offense in Orange County is significantly different in that it will actually be charged as a Felony, along with stronger guidelines attached to the charges already mentioned for the first through fourth DUI, it can be impossible to get car insurance with the likelihood of a longer jail sentence, extended alcohol programs, and license suspensions.
It’s important to note that any DUI in Orange County that involves injury to another party as a result of driving under the influence has the possibility of facing Felony DUI charges.
Play It Safe
So before you decide to have a drink at the Golf Course, aside from the actual club rules which may not even allow drinking on the course, play it safe. If this is something that is allowed at your particular club, have another party who is not a part of the game locked in as your driver, grab an Uber or simply do not get behind any wheel of any vehicle, conventional or otherwise.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a DUI Golf Cart Accident and needs help, speak to a qualified DUI Criminal Defense attorney as early as possible and learn about your options.