Have you been charged with
driving under the influence (DUI) while stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton? If so, you could
be facing numerous judicial and non-judicial punishments. DUI arrests
for military service members can be particularly complex and can often
bring consequences that are far more severe than a typical civilian DUI
case, especially if the alleged offense occurs on the installation.
Military service members live in two worlds – one that is controlled
by the military, and one that is controlled by civilian authorities. As
such, the resulting prosecutorial process will vary depending on whether
a service member was arrested on-installation or if they were arrested
by local police.
Off-Base DUI Charges
Drunk driving charges that occur off-base will be prosecuted in civilian
court and will in many ways be similar to any other DUI case. In such
circumstances, you may face the following consequences if found guilty:
- Expensive fines
- Possible jail time
- A lengthy driver’s license suspension or revocation
- Community service
- Vehicle confiscation
- Possible mandatory alcohol treatment
- Ignition interlock device installation
Exact penalties will vary depending on your history of prior offenses,
whether or not you submitted to a
chemical test, and any other aggravating factors surrounding your arrest. It is important
to note that once you are charged in civilian court, the military will
no longer be able to pursue prosecution for the same violation.
On-Base DUI Charges
If your arrest occurred on base, your case will be handled by military
police and you will likely be prosecuted under the Uniformed Code of Military
Justice (UCMJ) in a military court martial. Additionally, the military
may pursue prosecution for charges not being pursued in civilian court.
Unlike in civilian DUI cases, there is no maximum legal sentence for military
DUI, meaning that the court has complete discretion in deciding a sentence.
If convicted under UCMJ, you may face the following penalties:
- Additional duties
- Reduced pay
Get a Camp Pendleton DUI Attorney on Your Side
If you have been arrested for DUI while stationed at Camp Pendleton, the
military DUI attorney at JD Law can provide the powerful legal representation
you need to minimize your chances of conviction. With more than 30 years
of proven experience protecting the rights of accused service members,
we have what it takes to protect your reputation, career, and future.
Discuss your legal options with us today – call (619) 377-3722.