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When someone has a blood alcohol content level of .08% or higher, they can be legally arrested for DUI. However, even if you have a BAC below the legal limit, if an officer determines that your driving is impaired, you can still be charged with drunk driving. And while DUI offenses are often committed by people with no prior record of any kind, you will not face any lenient treatment or lesser penalties for having a clean record.
What penalties could I be facing for DUI?
Getting pulled over on suspicion of DUI can be a nerve wracking situation, especially when you start to sweat over the penalties you may be facing.
California enforces the following penalties for certain offenses:
- First offense: Up to 6 months in jail, $1,000 in fines, and a 10-month license suspension
- Second offense: Up to 1 year in jail, $1,800 in fines, and a 2-year license suspension
- Third offense: Up to a year in jail, $1,800 in fines, and a 3-year license suspension
- Fourth offense: 16 months in jail, $18,000 in fines, and a 4-year license suspension
Aggravating factors may include having an extremely high BAC, causing an accident or bodily harm, being under the age of 21, or having a child of 15 or younger in the vehicle. After your first DUI conviction, you must have an ignition interlock device installed in your car at your own expense. An IID monitors your blood alcohol as you drive, acting as a breathalyzer that will prevent your car from starting if you have too high of a BAC, and will continue to test your breath while you drive.
Why You Need a DUI Defense Lawyer
When it comes to DUI charges, you cannot just settle for any legal representative. They must be familiar with certain legal procedures and tests that are utilized in DUI cases. When you come to my firm, you will quickly realize that I am a highly skilled and equipped DUI attorney that proudly serves all of Ventura. The penalties for DUI can be steep, which is why I never take my clients' cases lightly.