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Why Do I Need an Attorney for a DUI?

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge is very serious and can have long-lasting consequences. The effects of a DUI conviction can cause loss of employment, driving privileges and other things. Depending on if this is your first charge or if it’s charged as a felony or a misdemeanor can determine the severity of the punishments levied against you. An attorney that has experience in DUI cases can help you get the charges reduced or in some cases dismissed.

DUI Penalties In California

First Time Offense:

 Probation ranging from 3 – 5 years  Up to 6 months in jail  Up to $1,000 in fines  A court approved alcohol/drug education program  A 6 – 10 month drivers license suspension

Second Time Offense:

 Probation from 3 – 5 years  Anywhere from 96 hours to 1 year jail  Up to $1,000 in fines  Completion of an 18 – 30 month DUI school  A suspended driver’s license for 2 years

Third Time Offense:

 Probation from 3 – 5 years  Anywhere from 120 days – 1 year in jail  Up to $1,000 in fines  Completion of a required 30 month DUI school  A suspended driver’s license for 3 years  Declared a habitual traffic offender (HTO)

Misdemeanor DUI With Injury:

 Probation from 3 – 5 years  Anywhere from 5 days – 1 year county jail  Up to $5,000 in fines  Completion of an alcohol program  A 1 – 3 year license restriction  Restitution to everyone involved

Felony DUI with Injury:

 6 months – 10 years in California State Prison  A possible “Strike” against you on California’s Three Strike Law  Up to $5,000 in fines  Completion of a 30 month alcohol program  Declared a habitual traffic offender (HTO)  Restitution to everyone involved

If you’re a minor and get charged with a DUI the penalties can increase also. California has a “Zero-Tolerance Law” when it comes to underage drinking. So you’re blood alcohol content doesn’t need to be at the legal limit of .08% for them to charge you.Underage drinking can also have severe consequences and can affect your ability to be admitted into some colleges and also receive financial aid.

Having a qualified, experienced DUI lawyer may be able to get the charges reduced or even dropped. The lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea bargain and get the charges reduced to a “wet reckless.” A “wet reckless” is a reckless driving charge involving alcohol and is less severe than a DUI charge. The consequences of a “wet reckless” include a completion of a 6 week education program, a fine, and a possible suspension of your license.

Our first recommendation is to not drink and drive. If, however, you do find yourself being charged with a DUI it is important to have an experienced lawyer by your side to guide you through the difficult legal process.

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Bradley Corbett

Bradley Corbett

Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.

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