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DUI Penalties

DUI Penalties

Redwood City DUI Penalties

DUI Defense Attorney with over 20 Years of Experience

Shelley D. Dwyer has been practicing DUI defense law in northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. If anyone can answer your questions and concerns about DWI/DUI charges, she can. Here’s some information to help you decide what to do next, and when you are ready…

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People often ask, what are the penalties for a DUI/DWI?

The penalties for a drinking and driving are often harsh. It is increasingly more important to have an experienced attorney to help. People are often faced with choices regarding when or how their license will be affected, what sort of alternatives are available, how a conviction will affect their work status, immigration status, and how their car insurance premiums can be affected.

For any DUI charges, if a child of 14 years or younger is in the car at the time of the DUI arrest, the penalties can be enhanced. If you are charged with exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph on a freeway or 20 mph on other roads while impaired by alcohol, you face a minimum of 60 days in jail. If you are under 21 years of age you can lose your license even if your blood alcohol level was only.01.

If you are charged with a first offense DUI offense, you can expect to be facing 2-to possibly as high as 30 or more days of county jail time, depending on the county in which you are being prosecuted. This jail time is usually done on the sheriff’s work program. The work program is an alternative to jail and usually involves trash collection, watering and other menial jobs for the sheriffs office. In addition as a term and condition of your probation, you will be ordered to enter and complete a first offender drinking driving program which can be either for 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, or 9 months, depending on the facts of your case and how it is negotiated. Also, you will have to pay a fine, usually around $1500, again, depending on the county where you are being prosecuted. If you have aggravating factors associated with your arrest, these penalties can be greatly enhanced. The aggravating facts could be that you drove a vehicle with a very high blood alcohol level, you had a child in the car at the time of the offense, you drove a car recklessly while speeding, or you refused a chemical test when asked to submit to one by a peace officer.

A second DUI offense can bring more serious jail time. If the court grants probation, you could still face from 10 days to 1 year in jail and a 2-year driver’s license suspension, also you would be ordered to enter and complete an 18 month long alcohol/drug education program. If you are not granted probation you may face 90 days to 1 year in jail and a 2-year driver’s license suspension. In addition to these penalties you can expect a fine of greater than $1500 and to install an ignition interlock device in any car that you own or operate.

For a third DUI offense, the penalties are a sentence of 120 days to 1 year in jail, 3 years of drivers license revocation, and enrollment in an 18-month alcohol/drug education program, and a fine of greater than $1,500.

For any subsequent DUI offense, probation offers 180 days to 1 year in jail, a 4-year license revocation, enrollment in an 18-month alcohol/drug education program, and a fine of greater than $1,500. If probation is not granted, sentences range from 6 months to 1 year in county jail, 16 months, 2, or 3 years in state prison, a 4-year license revocation, and a fine of greater than $1,500.

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Contact a San Mateo County DUI Arrest Charges Lawyer

Contact the Law Offices of Shelley D. Dwyer by calling 650-367-8500 and schedule an appointment (usually available the same day), or fill out an online contact form.