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DUI Penalties

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DUI charges are not something that should be taken lightly. Not only can a DUI charge lead to a criminal conviction on your record, but it can also lead to penalties that can create a major disruption to your life. It is important for drivers in California to be aware of how the state punishes offense of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or DUI), as well as drivers' options for defending themselves against such penalties. The Law Offices of David M. Wallin has provided an overview of California's DUI penalties for individuals living in and around Santa Clarita, California. We have a team of competent Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyers who can provide strong defense for various types of DUI cases.

Factors Affecting Severity of Penalties

There are numerous factors that can affect the severity of a DUI offender's sentencing. One major factor is whether it is the individual's first time being convicted for DUI, or if the person has previous convictions. The more previous convictions there are, the harsher the potential penalties can be. Other factors that can weigh in on sentencing include whether the driver was of the legal drinking age, whether the offender was a commercial driver and whether another individual were harmed as a result of the DUI offense. Some of the common DUI penalties include probation, incarceration, expensive fines, loss of a driver's license, installation of an ignition interlock device on the offender's vehicle and completion of a DUI education program. Some individuals might also have to complete drug or alcohol dependency treatment programs. Below is an overview of how some of these penalties are distributed to different types of DUI offenders.

First DUI Offense

  • 96 hours 6 months in jail
  • Probation of three to five years
  • Fine of $390 to $1,000
  • License suspension for 6 months
  • Completion of DUI Program

Second DUI Offense

  • 90 days to 1 year in jail
  • Fine up of up $390 to $1,000
  • License suspension for 2 years
  • Completion of DUI program

Third DUI Offense

  • 120 days to 1 year in jail
  • Find of $390 to $1,000
  • License revocation for 3 years
  • Completion of 18-month to 30-month DUI program

Fourth of Subsequent DUI Offense

  • 180 days to 1 year in jail
  • Fine of $390 to $1,000
  • License revocation for 4 years
  • Completion of 18-month to 30-month DUI program

DUI Causing Injury

  • 90 days to 1 year in jail
  • Fine of $390 to $1,000
  • License suspension for 1 year
  • Completion of a DUI program

If you have been charged with DUI and you are either a commercial driver or a driver who is under the age of 21, you could be facing different penalties. Furthermore, individuals can be given longer suspension periods if they refuse to take breath tests or blood tests following arrest. We can help you learn about the penalties that specifically apply to your case.

Defending Your Freedom

Just because you were arrested for DUI doesn't mean you have to be convicted for the offense. There are many individuals who are falsely accused, and there are also many DUI cases that are based on weak evidence. Sometimes law enforcement officers make mistakes during the arrest process, which can lead to a better chance of a case being dismissed.

The legal team at our firm has 40 years of combined experience that can be used to help you strategically defend yourself against your charges. We want to help you take the right steps for protecting your future and reducing your chances of experiencing damaging criminal penalties.

Contact a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of David M. Wallin for aggressive representation and around-the-clock service!

Why Hire The Law Offices of David M. Wallin

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    He is also one of the rare criminal law specialists in the state.

  • 50+ Years of Combined Experience

    Our team offers the trial-tested defense you deserve.

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