First Offense DUI
Sacramento DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for DUI it may be your first experience with facing a criminal charge. Most first time DUI offenders have never been in legal trouble before. You will be facing two different cases, the DMV license suspension hearing and the criminal DUI charges. If convicted, you could face jail time, large fines, suspension of your driving privileges and increased insurance rates. Convictions can also have negative consequences on your employment, especially if you are a licensed professional, commercial driver or drive for a living. With such severe penalties at stake you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled many DUI cases and can guide you through the legal maze of the California criminal justice system and the Department of Motor Vehicles. As soon as possible you should speak to a Sacramento DUI defense lawyer at the Tiemann Law Firm. We can answer all your questions and take immediate steps to restore your driver's license and prepare your defense against the DUI charges.
The first action to take is to contact the DMV within 10 days of your arrest to schedule a DMV Hearing. If this is not done your license will automatically be suspended 30 days after your arrest. You may not be informed that this is your responsibility. We will help you with this and represent you at your hearing to contest the suspension.
DUI Defense Lawyer in Sacramento
To convict you of your DUI charges, the prosecution must prove several different things; that you were driving while impaired and that your breath alcohol count (BAC) was .08% or above. An experienced DUI defense attorney who understands the many variables in BAC testing can contest the results of any evidence produced by the prosecution against you in court. Common defenses against Breathalyzer tests include issues such as rising alcohol absorption, mouth alcohol (caused by food or medication), radio frequency interference, and various pre-existing medical conditions. Penalties for a first offense DUI conviction include:
- Misdemeanor conviction
- Up to 6 months in jail
- 6 month driver license suspension
- $390 - $1000 fine plus fees and court costs
- Probation from 3 to 5 years
- First Offender DUI Program
- Optional Ignition Interlock Device
Contact a Sacramento DUI Defense Lawyer for a same day consultation with an experienced DUI attorney.
at (916) 939-3900 - (530) 621-1800