If you are convicted of a DUI, the penalties can be not only severe, but have a heavy impact on your life overall. Beyond just having your license suspended, you may be facing time in jail, fines and court ordered attendance at a California approved DUI school or an alcohol abuse treatment program.
The consequences of DUI convictions are as follows:
- First offense — Suspension of your driver's license for a minimum of six months, up to six months in jail, up to $3700 in fines, and mandatory DUI school for three to nine months
- Second offense within 10 years of a prior offense — Suspension of your license for a year, mandatory custody at a minimum of 96 hours and up to one year in jail, fines, a mandatory 18- to 30-month multiple conviction program, and an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on all vehicles the convicted owns or drives for one to three years, installed at the convicted's expense
- Third offense within 10 years of a prior offense — Revocation of your license for three years, mandatory minimum jail for 120 days up to one year in jail, being labeled as an habitual traffic offender, having your driver's license revoked by the DMV for two to three years plus fines, DUI school and IID as listed above
Need To Avoid A Suspended License? Call Joel Bailey.
Convictions and suspensions are separate charges. Even if you have a stay on the revocation of your driver's license from the DMV pending your hearing, if you are convicted of a DUI, your license is automatically suspended or revoked.
As your lawyer, I can help you change your suspension or revocation into a restricted license so you can at least get to work and DUI school. I can also help get sentences reduced and help you navigate the court system so that you get your license back and avoid future problems with the court and DMV.
Call me to avoid the endless cycle of suspensions, convictions, fines and jail. I will work to keep you out of jail and behind the wheel with a license in your pocket. Call 760-643-4025 or by e-mail to set up your free initial consultation. Hablamos español.