One of the most immediate concerns of those who have just been charged with Driving Under the Influence is what potential penalties they may be facing. DUI attorneys in San Diego, CA can help you understand not only the maximum penalty for the crimes you have been charged with, but also what actual sentence you are likely to get if you do not win your case. I am San Diego DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss and I have experience helping hundreds of people, just like you, fight drunk driving charges. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please call (760) 643-4050.
If this is your first time being charged with a DUI, you will face up to 6 months in jail, a six month license suspension and $390 to $1000 in fines, plus a penalty assessment of up to 180% of your fine. Additionally, you may be required to attend a drug or alcohol treatment program and have your vehicle placed in impound for six months. If you receive probation and did not refuse to take a blood or breath test, your San Diego DUI attorney may be able to get a restricted license that will allow you to drive to and from work and to your DUI program after you have completed your DMV license suspension period.
Subsequent DUI sentences within a ten year will increase accordingly. While the potential fines remain the same, the jail sentence and license suspensions will increase every time you receive a DUI within a ten year period, although you may be acquitted or receive the minimum penalties if you work with a good DUI attorney. San Diego, CA penalties for a second offense include between 96 hours and one year of jail time and a one year license suspension. For a third offense, the minimum jail sentence increases to 120 days and the license suspension will last at least three years. If you receive four or more DUIs within ten years, the charges will often become felonies and you may be subjected to between 180 days to a year in jail or up to three years in prison. You will also receive a four-year license suspension.
In most misdemeanor cases, your San Diego DUI attorney can make all of your court appearances for you so you will never have to leave work to make it to the trial. In felony cases though, this option is not available and you must appear in court in person.
There are a number of factors that can make DUI sentences become even more severe. For example, if you refused to take a blood or breath test when you were arrested, you can lose your driving privileges for a full year. If the chemical test revealed your BAC to be above .20%, if you were excessively speeding when pulled over, if you were driving negligently and injured someone, or if you had a child under 14 in the car with you when you were arrested, you will be subject to additional penalties. Expert San Diego DUI lawyers may be able to negotiate a plea bargain on your behalf so you will not have to face the increased sentence in these situations.
As one of the top DUI attorneys in San Diego, I have personally defended many people charged with driving under the influence, including those who faced additional penalties for previous DUIs, accident DUIs, felony DUIs and more. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free consultation.
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