If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, it is critical that you contact our Chico DUI attorney as possible.
Our team can work with you to develop a defense strategy designed to help get your charges reduced, prevent certain evidence from being used against you, or even drop the charges against you entirely.
At Fawne Crabtree Attorney at Law, we provide a solid criminal defense team that can guide you through the entire process as we work tirelessly to protect your rights and freedom. When you hire our firm, you will be treated with the courtesy and respect you deserve.
What Are the DUI Laws in California?
According to California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. All persons are prohibited from driving when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is a 0.08% or higher.
The harsh reality is that it is not necessary for a prosecutor to prove that the driver was impaired, but merely that he or she met or exceeded the 0.08% level limit.
Those Convicted of Dui Charges Could Face a Variety of Penalties, Including:
- Jail time
- License suspension
Drivers under the age of 21 are bound by even lower legal BAC limits, which are only 0.1%. Any underage driver found with an alcohol level exceeding that limit will have his or her license suspended for one year.
Is Jail Time Mandatory for DUI in California?
Yes, jail time is mandatory for a DUI in California. For every subsequent DUI conviction, the court will impose a mandatory minimum jail time. If you caused an injury or fatality, the penalties are more severe. The maximum penalty for a first time misdemeanor DUI is 180 days in county jail. A felony DUI carries the possibility of several years in state prison. Even a first time DUI will lead to 2-days in jail (a weekend) or community service, 3, 6 or 9-month’s attendance at a DUI program, and more.
How Can I Avoid Jail Time for My First DUI?
If you would like to avoid going to jail for your first DUI, you must install an ignition interlock system in your vehicle if you qualify. Violation of the ignition interlock or other conditions of the court for a DUI-related offense, can also result in reinstating a jail sentence. A person convicted of a first time offense operating while intoxicated charge will also be required to enroll in a DUI class alcohol education program. Starting February 2021 DUI consequences include a higher likelihood of going to jail up to six months, as a longer punishment for a misdemeanor first offense DUI, DWI conviction. Mandatory minimum jail time length is often increased beyond 6 months in DUI cases that involved an accident with injury.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Driving Privileges
If you have been charged with DUI, you may not have to lose your license. Be sure to get in touch with our Chico DUI lawyer within 10 days of being charged to request a hearing.
Our knowledgeable DUI defense attorney can help you take care of everything else from there. We take pride in fighting for our clients, as we work with them to try to protect their driver’s licenses and their futures. Contact us at (916) 345-1414 to get started with your case today.
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