Lancaster DUI Attorney
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While DUI charges are among the most common cases heard in California courts, they can result in serious criminal penalties. While you may feel hopeless about your future, you have options. Many aspects of your charges can be criticized by a skilled DUI defense attorney who knows the law, the procedures, and how to uncover legal and technical mistakes and weaknesses on the part of law enforcement through proper investigation. At Law Office of Jesse P. Duran, we can fight for you.
Can Lawyers Get Traffic Tickets Dismissed?
If you choose to fight your ticket in traffic court, you should hire a traffic attorney that can help. A traffic lawyer knows the law inside and out. Having legal representation can help get a lower fine or even have the ticket dismissed completely.
Making the Most of Your Situation
DUI attorney Jesse P. Duran is well-respected among local judges, prosecutors, and court staff. Our firm has been a stable presence in the Lancaster area since 2007, providing thorough and effective defense representation in DUI and other charges.
California DUI Laws
California has some of the toughest DUI laws and penalties in the country. Like all states, if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08 percent or higher as an adult, you can be charged with DUI. The legal BAC limit for commercial drivers operating a commercial vehicle is .04 percent, while the legal limit for those under 21 is .02 percent.
If your BAC measures .16 percent or higher, it is considered an aggravated DUI which carries enhanced penalties. The law also states that it is unlawful for anyone to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs with no mention of BAC levels.
A first-offense DUI is charged as a misdemeanor carrying the following criminal and collateral penalties:
- 3 -5 years of probation
- Jail time of 48 hours up to a year
- Fines ranging from $1,800 up to $2,000
- Mandatory attendance at DUI school
- DMV license suspension of 6 months
- Increased auto insurance premiums
You must request an administrative hearing with the DMV within 10 days of your arrest to challenge the automatic license suspension. If you prevail at the hearing, you may be granted a restricted license with the installment of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
How Likely is Jail Time for Your First DUI?
The court will usually sentence the offender to informal (unsupervised) probation in lieu of a jail sentence. On most first offender DUI convictions, the probation term is three years. But they can be punished by up to six months in county jail. You may also have to serve a program for three months that includes education, group counseling, and individual interview sessions if BAC was under 0.20%. An offender whose BAC was 0.20% or more, or a first offender with less than 0.20% but who refused to take a chemical test, must participate a minimum of nine months in a program. The court has discretion when it comes to this component of a DUI sentence.
Subsequent DUI Charges
Second, third, and subsequent convictions will result in harsher penalties. Penalties are also increased if your DUI results in the injury or death of another. Bodily injury DUIs may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the facts of the case.
However, DUI fatalities are charged as felonies. As a collateral penalty, a DUI conviction will also give you a permanent criminal record which can create future problems securing employment, housing, professional licenses, and more.
Fight Back with the Help of Law Office of Jesse P. Duran
An experienced DUI defense lawyer in Lancaster can make all the difference in how your case develops and in its final outcome. Don’t trust your future and freedom to an inexperienced, untested, or cheap lawyer. Our firm has years of achieving proven favorable results. Whether through plea bargaining or presenting a strong defense at trial, Jesse offers tireless and tested legal representation.
Reach out to us at (661) 903-8056 today for defense from our Lancaster DUI attorney.