DUI Penalties in California
DUI Defense Lawyer in the San Bernardino Area
DUI penalties can severely hurt the quality of one's life and the brightness of one's future. Over the years, courts have repeatedly been taking DUI offenses more seriously. All 50 states enforce a BAC (blood alcohol content) limit for drivers, the most generally accepted one being 0.08%. In California, there are standard penalties for DUI offenses, provided that there are no "aggravating factors" present such as driving with a child in the car, speeding, driving on a restricted license, accidents, multiple DUI offenses on an offender's record, and an extremely high blood alcohol content (0.20% or over ).
Consequences for Your First DUI
- For a first DUI offense, consequences can include:
- Mandatory jail time of 48 hours
- A hefty fine (plus court fees)
- 3-5 years of probation
- 6-month driver's license suspension
- DUI school
- Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed for 5 months
As of 2010, in many counties in Southern California, offenders are also required to install an Ignition Interlock Device on their vehicle for 5 months, which does not permit one's car to start unless the driver's BAC level is under 0.08%. All DUI convictions remain on the DMV's records for 10 years.
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with a Rancho Cucamonga DUI attorney
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If charged with a first time DUI, an individual is almost always charged with a misdemeanor. Offenders are penalized by carrying out some inconvenient assignments but basically receive a "flick on the wrist" punishment. While an offender is punished seriously in the sense that his insurance rate and record suffers and many of his penalties are not pleasant in the least, he essentially has the chance to recover and if he completes everything the court expects of him, he can receive certain privileges, such as the ability to apply for a restricted license shortly after the DUI. See Driver's License Suspension.
Harshest Penalties for Drunk Driving
This is not the case, however for an individual charged with a felony DUI or multiple DUI. This is a whole different ball game. A felony DUI can make it difficult for a person to enter a school or apply for a job and multiple DUI charges can result in privileges, such as the right to vote or own a gun, being taken away. DUI penalties are enforced strictly by the courts.
It is of the utmost importance that someone charged with a DUI contact our firm immediately.