DUI Penalties in California: Pasadena DUI Lawyer

What are the penalties for DUI in Pasadena?

The state legislature in Sacramento has continued to increase the penalties for DUI, and currently, no matter what level of charges you face, the penalties imposed will be significant. Whether you are facing first time DUI, a second or third offense, or a felony DUI charge, the most important action for you to take is engaging the services of a highly qualified, experienced Pasadena DUI lawyer. At the Law Office of Fritzie Galliani, APC, we have over 30 years defending the criminally accused, and as trial lawyers, we have the skills to develop and present a persuasive and professional defense case in court.

First Time DUI Charge

A first time DUI offense, without an accident or injury, carries the following penalties:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Court-ordered alcohol education – 3 months
  • 6 – 10 months driver's license suspension – possible restricted license
  • Probation for 3 – 5 years
  • Community service

First Time DUI with Aggravating Factors

There are certain "aggravating factors that can lead to heavier penalties. These include a blood alcohol content (BAC) at .15 or higher, a chemical test refusal, an accident, speeding, or the presence of a child under 14 in the vehicle at the time of the incident, or underage DUI. The penalties imposed for aggravated factors in a first time DUI could include:

  • Mandatory jail time
  • 30 days minimum if child under 14 in vehicle (child endangerment – added charge)
  • 1 year license suspension
  • Restitution to victims
  • Payment to law enforcement for investigation of accident
  • 9 months alcohol treatment program

2nd DUI Penalties (misdemeanor)

The penalties for a 2nd DUI are more serious than a first time misdemeanor. A conviction could include the following:

  • Mandatory jail time – 96 hours up to 1 year
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 18 – 30 month alcohol treatment program
  • 2 years driver's license suspension
  • Up to 5 years probation

3rd DUI Penalties (misdemeanor)

  • Mandatory jail time – minimum 120 days up to 1 year
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 30 month court-ordered alcohol treatment program
  • 3 year driver's license revocation
  • Habitual defender designation
  • 3 – 5 years probation

4th DUI – Felony Charge

  • 16 months to 3 years in state prison
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 4 years driver's license revocation
  • If fatalities – a "three strikes" offense
  • Installation (at your cost) of an Ignition Interlock Device after revocation period complete
  • Court-ordered alcohol treatment program

There are other DUI offenses with more extreme penalties, based upon the facts of the case. At our firm, you can be confident that every option for your defense will be explored. We have access to top independent experts that could be called upon to present evidence to support a case for your defense. Contact our firm today.

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