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What Are the Penalties for a First DUI Offense in California?

What Are the Penalties for a First DUI Offense in California?

If you’ve been charged with your first DUI offense in California, you’re probably feeling anxious and uncertain about what consequences you may be facing. At Spodek Law Group, we understand how stressful this situation can be. Our experienced DUI defense attorneys are here to help guide you through the legal process and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.Let’s break down the potential penalties you could be facing for a first-time DUI in California:

Jail Time

For a first DUI offense, you could be sentenced to anywhere from 48 hours to 6 months in county jail. However, in many cases, we’re able to negotiate alternatives to jail time for our clients, such as house arrest or community service. Don’t assume jail is inevitable – with a strong legal defense, it may be possible to avoid time behind bars entirely.

Fines and Fees

The base fine for a first DUI ranges from $390 to $1,000. But when you factor in all the additional penalty assessments and fees, the total financial hit can end up being $1,800 or more. We know that’s a significant amount of money for most people. Our attorneys will work to minimize the financial impact as much as possible.

License Suspension

Your driver’s license will typically be suspended for 6 months after a first DUI conviction. However, it may be possible to obtain a restricted license that allows you to drive to work and other essential places after a 30-day hard suspension. We can help you navigate the DMV hearing process to try to save your driving privileges.

Probation

Most first-time offenders are placed on 3 to 5 years of informal probation. This means you’ll need to avoid further legal trouble and comply with other conditions set by the court. Common probation terms include:

  • Completing a 3-month DUI education program
  • Installing an ignition interlock device on your vehicle
  • Attending AA/NA meetings
  • Performing community service

Summary of Penalties

Here’s a quick overview of the potential consequences for a first DUI offense in California:

Penalty Range
Jail Time 48 hours – 6 months
Fines/Fees $1,800+
License Suspension 6 months (30 day hard suspension)
Probation 3-5 years
DUI Program 3 months

It’s important to note that these are just the standard penalties. Certain aggravating factors can lead to enhanced punishments, even for a first offense. These may include:

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  • Having a very high blood alcohol concentration (0.15% or higher)
  • Refusing a chemical test
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Having a child in the vehicle
  • Causing an accident or injury

If any of these apply in your case, it’s even more critical to have an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side. We have extensive experience handling complex DUI cases involving aggravating factors.

How We Can Help

At Spodek Law Group, we believe everyone deserves a vigorous legal defense, regardless of the charges they’re facing. When you work with our firm, we’ll carefully analyze every aspect of your case to identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence. Some common defense strategies we employ in first-time DUI cases include:

  • Challenging the legality of the traffic stop or arrest
  • Disputing the accuracy of breath or blood test results
  • Arguing that field sobriety tests were improperly administered
  • Presenting evidence of medical conditions that could have affected test results
  • Negotiating for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options

Our goal is always to achieve the best possible resolution for our clients, whether that means getting charges dismissed, reduced to a lesser offense, or minimizing penalties through skilled negotiation.Don’t face these serious consequences alone. Contact Spodek Law Group today at 212-300-5196 for a free consultation about your California DUI case. Let us put our experience and dedication to work for you.Remember, a DUI arrest does not automatically mean a conviction. With the right legal representation, it may be possible to avoid or significantly reduce many of these penalties. The sooner you contact us, the more options we’ll have to build a strong defense in your case.Have you been charged with a first DUI offense in California? What concerns do you have about the potential consequences? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll do our best to address your questions.

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