Did you get arrested for driving under the influence? Don't panic and don't despair. Although dealing with a DUI may be costly (fines, fees, DMV classes, ignition interlock devices, etc.), you will survive and may even learn important lessons in the process. But understand that you do NOT have to navigate the DMV and court process alone. Consulting an experienced attorney will help remove the "unknowns" about the process and thus eliminate the fear you may now be facing. Call today for your free consultation!
California has some of the most stringent impaired driving (DUI) laws in the country. A first offense (without bodily injury) is punishable by more than $2,000 in fines and assessments, 48 hours in jail, months of license suspension, and completion of a three-month alcohol education program. If you commit a second or third DUI offense within a 10-year period, you can face even longer mandatory county jails sentences. If your commit more than 3 DUI offenses within a 10-year period, or you cause an injury to a 3rd party (even a passenger in your car) while driving under the influence, you may be sentenced to as much as three in state prison, roughly $18,000 in fines and assessments, and the requirement of a 30-month alcohol treatment program. Don't try to navigate this legal minefield alone. Understanding the law will not only help you avoid committing a DUI, but also help you plan your next steps if you have been arrested and charged with a DUI.
California DUI Resources
- California DUI Statutes: Offenses Involving Alcohol or Drugs (California Vehicle Code Sections 23152 - 23229.1)
- California DUI: General Information - Overview of California DUI laws and penalties (Ca. DMV).
- Ignition Interlock Devices - Information about IIDs and a list of providers (Ca. DMV).
- California DMV Offices - Directory of California DMV field offices, which handle the license reinstatement process (Ca. DMV).
- DUI Arrest DMV Administrative Hearings vs Criminal Court Trials - The difference between criminal trials for DUI charges and administrative hearings with regard to your license (Ca. DMV).
- DUI Reportability Requirements - Summary of California law in regard to how long (10 years) your DUI offense will remain on your driving record.