Facts on DUI Penalties
Sacramento DUI Defense Attorney
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered a serious offense and as such the penalties can be harsh. Not only can there be criminal penalties but there are also administrative penalties imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For a first offense, a number of factors are examined. The court looks at how high the blood alcohol content was, if there was any property damage or if there were any injuries caused. Sentencing may be increased based on these factors. You could be charged with a felony DUI, face jail time and be fined up to $1000. The administrative penalty from the Department of Motor Vehicles is a four month license suspension.
For a second DUI offence within 10 years, you could be sent to jail for up to a year. You may also face more fines, have your license suspended for 2 years and be required to attend 18 months of alcohol education classes. As the number of offences increase, so do the penalties.
Being charged with a DUI can be a very unsettling experience. You will have to navigate all of the complex DUI laws and your defense against them, plus you will be you dealing with the court system in addition to the DMV, all at the same time. At the Tiemann Law Firm, we understand the law and your rights and strive to vigorously fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
In addition to the penalties listed above, in some cases the court will order that an ignition interlock device be placed on your vehicle. A DUI conviction will become part of your permanent record which can affect future employment opportunities. A skilled Sacramento DUI defense lawyer should be in your corner during this time to give you the best opportunity to successfully defend your DUI case.
Contact a Sacramento DUI Defense Attorney if you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI and require experienced and competent legal help.
at (916) 939-3900 - (530) 621-1800