If you were arrested in California for a DUI, an officer believed that you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drug(s) to the extent that your motor skills, mental faculties and reaction times were so impaired that you were unable to operate that motor vehicle safely. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater is considered per se, or automatically, driving under the influence of alcohol.
When you are arrested for a California DUI, two separate cases start. There is the criminal court case, which determines fines, jail time, community service, and other similar items. There is also the administrative side with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) case, which determines your licensing issues and can determine your DUI school.
DUI CALIFORNIA PENALTIES
If you are convicted of California DUI charges, you can expect to pay substantial fines and are subject to various penalties, including jail time and DUI school, depending on the circumstances. If you are convicted of your first California DUI, you will be fined thousands of dollars. A first offense DUI carries a minimum of two days jail minimum and six months jail maximum. If your Breath/Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .20 or higher, or if you were driving with a minor in the vehicle, the DUI penalties, including jail time, significantly increase. Your first offense for DUI may also result in probation.
If your blood alcohol is .08 or higher and you were found to be driving, the DMV will suspend your license for a period of four months. You may be eligible to obtain a restricted license permitting you to drive to and from work after the first thirty days of the suspension.
DUI CALIFORNIA LAWYER
California DUI attorneys defend DUI offenses and drunk driving cases in California. A good California DUI attorney or criminal defense attorney will be able to assist you with the two separate cases that you’re facing and offer DUI defense strategies. They will be able to handle both the criminal DUI charges and the administrate case with DMV regarding a license suspension or revocation.
DUI CALIFORNIA SCHOOL
If you are convicted of California DUI, in addition to fines and penalties, you will also be required to complete DUI school in order to restore your license by the California DMV. If this is your first California DUI conviction you are considered to be a Level 1 entrant in California DUI school. Level 1 California DUI school courses require a minimum of 12 hours of DUI school classroom instruction and aim to deter those convicted of California DUI to not become repeat offenders through the use of interactive educational techniques. However, if your BAC is higher than .20, you may be required to attend an extended first offender program.