DUI

Like most states, the state of California imposes strict penalties on individuals who are found to be operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This charge, which is commonly known as a “DUI,” can affect your life dramatically. For this reason, it is important to hire an attorney who has experience with these types of cases.

About California DUI Law

A California police officer may arrest you for DUI if your blood alcohol concentration is found to be 0.08 percent or higher while driving or if the officer has other reason to believe you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. For drivers under the age of 21, driving with a BAC of 0.01 percent or higher will lead to a DUI charge. The possible penalties you will face if you are convicted depend on your criminal history, the nature of the incident and the discretion of the court. However, typical penalties for DUI convictions in California are as follows.

  • First Offense – Up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, up to 10 months of driver’s license suspension/restriction and/or installation of an ignition interlock device.
  • Second Offense – Up to $1,800 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to two years of driver’s license suspension/restriction and/or installation of an ignition interlock device.
  • Third Offense – Up to $1,800 in fines, up to one year in jail, up to three years of driver’s license suspension/restriction and/or installation of an ignition interlock device.
  • Fourth Offense (occurring within 10 months of third offense) – Up to $18,000 in fines, up to 16 months in jail, up to four years of driver’s license suspension/restriction and/or installation of an ignition interlock device.

Because of California’s implied consent law, drivers who refuse to take a chemical test will face an automatic fine and license suspension.

Hiring an Attorney

The penalties imposed on California drivers who are convicted of DUI can be severe and even life-changing. If you have been charged with a DUI in California, you need an experienced attorney like Kathleen Bryson on your side in court to make sure that you have the best possible chances of avoiding conviction or facing unreasonable penalties. Contact Kathleen Bryson, Attorney, today to schedule a consultation or learn more.

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