California law upholds that it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above 0.08. While an experienced DUI lawyer can provide legal representation following a conviction, it is important to educate yourself on the punishments and penalties associated with DUI’s in the state of California.
First Offense Individuals convicted of their first DUI offense will face a minimum of 48 hours in jail. Depending on certain factors, this time may be broken down into weekend work programs. A first DUI conviction may also result in up to six months of jail time, over $1,650 in fines and penalties, a diversion program, and two points on your driving record. Additionally, an initial DUI conviction may result in three to five years of probation.
Second Offense Those who are convicted of their second DUI within 10 years face a number of hefty punishments, including 10 days to six months in jail, over $1,850 in fines, one to two years license suspension, and an ignition interlock device installed in their car for at least one year. A second DUI will also lead to three to five years of probation and a diversion program for at least 18 months.
Third Offense A third DUI conviction may result in up to one full year in jail, over $2,000 in fines, a two year diversion program, three years license suspension, and the installation of an ignition interlock device for at least one year.
Fourth Offense Anyone convicted of a fourth DUI within a 10 year period will be classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender. This comes with a number of penalties including over $2,000 in fines, three to five years parole or probation, three years license suspension, and a minimum of one full year in prison.
The best way to protect yourself from these devastating penalties is to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately after an arrest. Get the legal representation you need following a DUI or DWI charge by contacting the Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel Law firm in San Jose at (408) 916-1413 today. Your first consultation is free, so call today!