Being arrested is always a scary process. It’s especially scary to be arrested for drunk driving, since the experience typically happens late at night and after you may have had a drink or two. No matter how scared you are though, it is important to remember your right to remain silent and your right to speak with a DUI defense attorney. If you are charged with drunk driving, please call Peter M. Liss as soon as possible.
Worried About Potential San Diego DUI Penalties?
If you are arrested and charged with drunk driving for the first time, one of you most pressing concerns will likely be what charges you’re facing. That’s why we’ve put together this article detailing possible penalties for a first time offender facing a DUI. Of course, it’s important to remember that you might not be sentenced to all of these penalties and that you and that it is work out a plea bargain that ensures you are only subject to the punishments for a wet reckless charge instead.
Possible Maximum Sentences
For a first time DUI, you will be sentenced to a fine of anywhere between $390 and $1000, plus penalty assessments of up to 180% of that fine. You can also face up to six months in jail (though first time offenders are rarely sentenced to jail). Your driver’s license will be suspended for up to six months and your vehicle could be impounded for six months as well. You must attend a three month alcohol treatment course and you will be required to carry SR-22 insurance for up to three years after your driver’s license is returned. You could also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your car to ensure you do not drive drunk in the future.
Enhanced First Time DUI Penalties
Penalties for a San Diego DUI may be enhanced if you refused to take a breathalyzer test or if your BAC was notably high. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to obtain a restricted license in order to help you get to work and your DUI courses.
If your blood alcohol concentration is .20 or above you will be required to take a 9 month DUI course and you will face additional consequences in court. In fact, even if your BAC is .15 or greater, you will face a sentence enhancement for having a high blood alcohol.
Obviously these San Diego DUI penalties for a first offender are less serious than the consquences for subsequent DUI convictions. If you have been charged with drinking and driving, whether it’s your first, second or third offense, please contact a Peter M. Liss as soon as possible by calling (760) 643-4050.
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