Criminal Consequences of a DUI Charge

Bay Area criminal lawyers serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Redwood City, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, Saratoga & Santa Clara

The sentence for a DUI conviction can include fines, the possibility of jail time, and the loss of driver’s license. California DUI laws are complicated and highly technical. The experienced attorneys at Cahners & Samuels help clients in the Bay Area avoid DUI convictions altogether or minimize their penalties for DUI convictions.

What Are the Criminal Consequences for First-Time Offenders?

The penalties for a DUI conviction are harsh, and they escalate with each subsequent conviction. Even in the case of a first DUI arrest, it is important to retain a DUI attorney immediately. These are the possible penalties for first-time DUI offenders in California:

  • A fine between $390 and $1,300
  • Informal probation for three to five years—no probation officer assigned
  • Jail time ranging from 48 hours to six months
  • Sheriff work programs, which may include picking up trash or cleaning buses
  • First Offender School

Almost all first-time offenders must attend First Offender School to regain their driver’s license. The length of attendance depends on the defendant’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and the time of arrest.

In addition to any license suspension resulting from a DUI conviction, the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) imposes an Administrative Per Se (APS) suspension immediately following a DUI arrest.

The criminal consequences of a drunk driving conviction, combined with the administrative consequences of an APS suspension, can have a devastating effect. While the DUI laws are strict in California, our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating pleas and defending clients at trial. We also work post-conviction to get restricted licenses for our clients, reducing the effect on their livelihood.

The Vital Role of a DUI Lawyer

At Cahners & Samuels, we have more than 40 years of combined experience successfully representing and defending clients in all aspects of DUI cases. Our criminal defense lawyers offer expert representation in both the administrative and criminal phases of a drunk driving case. With their representation, DUI cases may be dismissed or sentences may be reduced, allowing life to return to normal. Contact us today.

Our criminal law firm serves all of Northern California and the Bay Area with particular concentration on DUIs in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Redwood City, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Alameda County.

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