Sacramento, CA- Sacramento County prosecutors announced Monday that State Senator Ben Hueso would be facing two misdemeanor counts related to his late August arrest in downtown Sacramento.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Sen. Hueso is facing one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08. Police did not in initially release Hueso’s BAC, but confirmed Monday he was at state’s legal limit of .08.
Police arrested the lawmaker on August 22th after police spotted him driving the wrong way down a one-way street around 3 a.m. The senator was stopped after attending a Latino Caucus dinner held in the Capitol building earlier that evening.
Hueso performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and he was subsequently arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was hit hard by the media for a vote that would require individuals using Uber—a ride-share app intended to combat drunken driving—undergo strict background checks. Strangely enough, the Business Insider reported that Hueso’s vote to restrict ride-share apps, which have been hailed for reducing in drunken driving in key cities occurred just hours before his Sacramento DUI arrest.
After his arrest, Hueso, representing the 40th district, apologized to his family and constituents, calling out his “unacceptably poor personal judgment.” He said he would take “personal responsibility” for his arrest, according to NBC San Diego.
Most states, like California, take DUIs very seriously; a conviction can is costly on many levels. Financially, a DUI conviction can cost upwards of ten grand, which includes fines/ penalties, cost related to license suspension and eventual reinstatement, ignition interlock devices and legal fees. But the cost don’t end there, you can expect a significant auto insurance hike, you may be unable to get to your job because you can’t and ultimately, a DUI conviction can close the door on your job opportunities.
Fighting a DUI charge is essential to your future, while a conviction is not the end of the world, it can close many doors, especially in the professional realm. Hueso will likely have the best Sacramento DUI attorney on his legal team so he will be able to avoid harsh DUI penalties, and may avoid damaging his political career.
But not all employers are as forgiving as the Senate. A DUI conviction can bar a person from certain professional licenses, such as a teacher’s license. Even though you may be charged with a misdemeanor DUI, some employers won’t consider you for a job. This can prevent you from advancing your career and increasing your earnings well into the future so you need a forceful defense.
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