If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI it is a very serious matter. We strongly recommend getting a lawyer on your side as soon as possible. There are certain steps that you must take immediately to protect your rights. Being arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence is a serious offense. The sooner that we get on your case, the sooner we begin fighting for you.
The law relating to DUIs is complex and a lawyer can help you understand the two systems that are at play – the administrative system through the D.M.V. that deals with any license suspension issues and the Court system that will impose other penalties on you if you are convicted of the charge. An experienced attorney can explain these complexities to you and help you fight your case. We will analyze your case and determine the best strategy to get you the least possible consequences for your offense.
Drivers age 21 or older who have a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) or greater may be charged with misdemeanor DUI and face the following penalties if convicted:
• First offense — minimum 48 hours in jail, up to a six-month driver’s license suspension, fines between $390 and $1,000, a $125 license reissue fee, alcohol program attendance
• Second offense within 10 years — minimum 96 hours in jail, up to a one-year driver’s license suspension, fines between $390 and $1,000, a $125 license reissue fee, alcohol program attendance for 18 to 30 months, ignition interlock device (IID)
If you cause an injury, or if it is your fourth DUI offense, you can be charged with a felony.
COMMON CHARGES/STATUTES FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE:
Cal Vehicle Code 23152 (a)
It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.
(b) It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. For purposes of this article and Section 34501.16, percent, by weight, of alcohol in a person’s blood is based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
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If you have been charged with a DUI, you should immediately contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. We can thoroughly analyze the evidence against you and in addition to the criminal portion of a DUI charge, we can represent you at the DMV hearings. DUI cases require immediate intervention by a skilled lawyer who can protect your rights. Jeff Raven is highly skilled in DUI cases and has been practicing criminal law for over a decade.