DUI Sentencing

If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you will need to hire a competent Pasadena DUI defense lawyer to represent your legal rights and interests. Depending on the charges you are facing, if you are convicted, you could face several DUI penalties. Here are some of the basic guidelines for DUI sentencing in the state of California (these are general and may not apply to every case):

1st Time DUI Offense:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $1000 fine, plus penalty assessments
  • Possible court order for ignition interlock device
  • Possible vehicle impoundment
  • Mandatory DUI School for those under 21, and possible DUI school for 3-6 months for adult offenders, depending on BAC level.
  • Possible community service
  • 36 – 60 months probation

2nd Time DUI Offense:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to $1000 fine, plus penalty assessments
  • Possible court ordered ignition interlock device
  • Possible vehicle impoundment
  • 18-30 months of DUI school
  • 36 – 60 months probation
  • 18 – 30 months of multiple alcohol offender program

3rd Time DUI Offense (within 10 years of 2 prior convictions):

  • Mandatory jail sentence of 120 days, but up to one year may be imposed
  • Up to $1000 fine, plus penalty assessments
  • Possible court ordered ignition interlock device
  • Possible vehicle impoundment
  • 18-30 months of DUI school
  • 36 – 60 months probation
  • 18 – 30 months of multiple alcohol offender program

The consequences will be elevated if you are convicted of a felony DUI, DUI with injury or a BAC of .15 or more. The jail time will likely increase and the fines will be much higher. These are just general guidelines though, and in order to make a real determination of your situation, you will need to go over the details with your attorney.

DUI Defense Attorney in Pasadena

At the Law Offices of Paul S. Geller, we are intimately familiar with the laws and procedures that pertain to DUI defense and can effectively represent you to try and either avoid or minimize the penalties you are facing.

If you need an aggressive attorney to help preserved your livelihood and the well being of your family, we are prepared to fight for your innocence.

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