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Uber Is Cheaper Than A DUI

Uber Is Cheaper Than A DUI

Uber Is Cheaper Than A DUI

In this day and age, there really is no reason for anyone to ever drive drunk. Advancements in technology, primarily the smart phone, have made finding a ride home easy and affordable. Apps like Uber and Lyft allow a person to hire a ride at any time, just about anywhere.

Despite this fact, some people still refuse to use these apps.

These people would rather drive drunk than spare a few extra bucks to ensure that they get home safely. What these people fail to realize, is that the consequences of driving drunk cost far more than just hiring a ride for the evening. Aside from the obvious risking of life and limb, the cost of a DUI is far more expensive than an Uber home.

Reinstating A Driver’s License

After a person has been convicted of a DUI, they often have their driver’s license suspended for a period of time. For a first time offense, it is typically 6 months. Aside from simply losing the ability to drive themselves somewhere, a person then has to pay a fee to get their driver’s license reinstated at the end of their suspension. Failing to do so could earn them an extra fine the next time they’re pulled over. In California, the baseline driver’s license reinstatement fee is $100.

The Car Is Towed

When a person is pulled over for a DUI, they will be arrested, and their car will be towed. As if dealing with the arrest wasn’t enough, getting the car back will be its own challenge. Retrieving a vehicle from impound costs money, primarily in towing and storage fees from the tow company. In California, these fees can be around $700.

Learn To Be A Better Driver

Aside from the normal costs that come with a ticket, a DUI also comes with the added need to take DUI classes. A person needs to take a DUI course that teaches them all about the consequences of driving while drunk, and ways to avoid doing so in the future.

Depending on the how bad the DUI conviction is, the class’s enrollment period can vary. Even though a person convicted of a DUI is required by the court to take the class, they still have to pay the class fee themselves. It’s considered an additional punishment. At their shortest length, DUI course cost around $700, and can get more expensive the longer a person has to take the course.

You’ll Need A Lawyer

After getting a DUI, a person will find themselves in court. Even if they know they are guilty of a crime, it can be beneficial for a person to have a lawyer with them in court. Lawyers have a better understanding of the law than most people do. With that knowledge, they can make it so a person ends up paying less fines than what they would have had they faced the court alone.

Court fines, fees, and the cost of a lawyer can amount to around $4,000.

Car Insurance Rates Skyrocket

Car insurance is something that every single driver needs. In the event of an accident, the car insurance will cover the cost of any damages. The amount of money a person has to pay for their insurance is dependent on how good of a driver the person is. If a person drives carefully, and has never been in an accident before, they will pay less because they are less likely to get into an accident. Vice versa, a person who drives recklessly and has been in multiple accidents is more likely to get into another accident, and so has to pay more for insurance.

A DUI is a great way for a person to tell their insurance company that they like to drive recklessly. That is why, when a person gets a DUI, their insurance rates go up. This increase may seem small at first, but it can add up quickly after just a few years. A person may end up paying an extra $40,000 in increased insurance rates in the years following a DUI conviction.

Who has that kind of money to spare nowadays?

The Cost Of A DUI Is More Than A Small Fine

Any one section in this article is more expensive than hiring an Uber or Lyft. Combined, these all cost many times more than any ride would cost. This doesn’t even take into account the costs if the person caused an accident while driving drunk, which would add several thousands of dollars in medical fees to the cost of the DUI.

All in all, there is no reason to drive drunk. With apps like Uber and Lyft, a person should always be able to get a safe ride home. Plus, a person can usually count on loved ones to come give them a ride home. Loved ones may not be thrilled to be woken up by a drunken loved one, but it is better than receiving a call from police officers stating that the person was in a car accident.

 

What Are The Laws About Marijuana In California?

What Are The Laws About Marijuana In California?

What Are The Laws About Marijuana In California?

Proposition 64 was passed by voters in November 2016. This set the groundwork for the recreational use of marijuana to become legal in the state on January 1st, 2018. This changed up how marijuana could be used in California, and removed many of the penalties for smaller marijuana based offenses. However, it did not legalize everything with marijuana usage, and that is where there is some confusion.

Even though this change went into effect a year ago, it is still relatively new. This means that most people are a bit fuzzy on what exactly changed. Many people are unaware of what is now legal, and what can still get them into trouble when it comes to marijuana.

The Law And Personal Use

It is now legal for a person 21 years or older to possess up to one ounce of dried marijuana or up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis. One thing that many people seem to forget, is that the law only allows recreational use of marijuana. This means that it can only be used on private property with permission from the property owner. Landlords and employers still have the right to restrict marijuana usage on their properties, which can affect renters and employees of businesses.

Since smoking marijuana is a lot like smoking cigarettes, it is also prohibited anywhere that smoking is prohibited. Basically, if someone can’t smoke a cigarette someplace, then they cannot smoke marijuana there either. This typically includes any K-12 school, and other places where children are frequently present. The idea behind this ban is to protect kids from secondhand smoke.

A person can still get into trouble for possessing marijuana if:

  • They are under the age of 21.
  • They have more than 28.5 grams of marijuana.
  • They have more than 4 grams of concentrated cannabis.
  • They have any marijuana in their possession while on any K-12 school grounds while school is in session.

It is important to remember that the use of marijuana is still illegal under federal law. This means that at any time, federal prosecutors can decide to arrest and prosecute a person for marijuana use, even if they are following all state laws. While this is unlikely, for this reason, it is a good idea to never use marijuana on the premise of a federal building.

Penalties For Illegal Possession

  • The punishment for illegal possession of marijuana is dependent on the crime itself. For instance, a minor in possession of marijuana is an infraction level offense that comes with drug counseling and community service for someone under 18, and a $100 fine for anyone between the age of 18 and 21.
  • Possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor. This comes with up to 6 months in county jail and a max fine of $500.
  • Possession of marijuana on school grounds is a misdemeanor and comes with a $250 fine for a first offense.

That covers possession laws pretty well, now onto cultivation laws.

The Law And Personal Cultivation

Under this new law, anyone 21 and older is allowed to grow and maintain up to 6 plants of marijuana. The plants need to be grown indoors, unless local regulations allow people to grow the plants outside. Whenever the plants are grown must be a secure location to ensure that minors cannot get ahold of the plants.

Again, minors face restrictions with this law as well. No one under the age of 21 is allowed to grow marijuana. If caught doing so, anyone under 18 will need to go to drug counseling and perform community service. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 21 will have to pay a small fine of $100.

Anyone over the age of 21 who grows more than 6 plants of marijuana will likely face misdemeanor charges. This means up to 6 months in jail and a max fine of $500. For some people, growing more than 6 plants could earn them felony charges if:

  • They’ve committed serious felonies in the past.
  • They are registered sex offenders.
  • They’ve been convicted of this crime twice already.
  • They’ve violated California environmental laws.

What Is Legal In California

The passing of Prop 64 three years ago legalized the recreational usage of marijuana in the state of California. This made it legal for people to use marijuana in certain areas, and to grow up to 6 plants. However, it is still illegal for minors, anyone younger than 21, to possess, use, or grow marijuana.

This legalization of marijuana also permitted licensed businesses to sell marijuana legally in the state. However, unlicensed individuals are not allowed to sell any of the marijuana that they grew or have. That is still a crime in California. For more information on selling marijuana laws, click here.

What do you think of California’s take on recreational marijuana?

Was it a bad idea, or the right thing to do? Let us know in the comments down below.

 

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