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DUI Penalties in California

Learn More when You Contact Our Palm Springs DUI Lawyer

If you have been arrested for DUI, you may be feeling apprehensive about what your future holds and what consequences you may be facing. There are a lot of factors that come into play when a judge determines your sentencing, and you should never have to face the California judicial system alone. At the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba, our Palm Springs DUI lawyer understands that you are up against major penalties, and we can fight hard to protect you and your rights.

As soon as possible after an arrest, call (760) 205-3011 and let our office start creating a personalized defense for your case.

Understanding Penalties for DUI Offenses

There are multiple factors that are taken into consideration when determining how a DUI charge will be classified and the type of penalties that you may be facing. Varying aspects can include prior convictions, if there were victims that were injured as a result of your DUI, or if there were minors in the vehicle at the time of your arrest.

It is also important to remember that California is an implied consent state, which means if you have a California State driver’s license, you have already agreed to be subjected to blood alcohol tests (BAC tests) if you are suspected of driving under the influence. Failure to adhere to a BAC test will mean an automatic revocation of your license will take place.

California DUI penalties:

  • First Offense DUI – First-time offenders may face up to six months in prison, an automatic revocation of their driver’s licenses, alcohol education courses and treatment, and potentially loss of driving privileges including impounding of your vehicle.
  • Second Offense DUI – Prior convictions increase penalties quite significantly. Second-time offenders could face two years in prison, additional alcohol awareness courses and treatments, vehicle and license confiscation, and probation.
  • Third Offense DUI – Third-time offenders can have up to 10 years in prison, permanent revocation of driver’s licenses, vehicle impoundment, and a mandatory Ignition Interlock Device installed into their vehicles.

Other varying factors can include the level of alcohol in your system, if excessive speed was involved, or if you were operating a vehicle under the influence and you were not of legal drinking age. Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors, but felony DUIs are possible.

Protect Your Future by Working with the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba

As soon as you are arrested, you need to remember that you have rights. You have the right to refuse field sobriety tests, the right to remain silent, and the right to contact a Palm Springs DUI lawyer.

If you are being charged with a DUI, whether it is your first, second, or third offense, do not hesitate to call (760) 205-3011 and schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba.

“We became DUI lawyers to defend citizens from law enforcement and prosecutors' zealous desire to get convictions.”

- Attorney Manuel J. Barba
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