California DUI Penalties
DUI Lawyer in Ventura Explains the Potential Consequences
Drivers who are caught driving drunk in California need the aggressive
assistance of a
Ventura DUI lawyer from our firm because of the associated potential penalties. Under the
California Vehicle Code §§ 23152-23153, it is illegal to drive
while intoxicated. For a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08% or
higher, you can face heavy penalties that are set in place by the criminal
court and the department of motor vehicles (DMV). Penalties for a DUI
will depend on various factors, including:
- Whether the vehicle operator is 21 years of age or older
- Blood alcohol content level of the offender
- Type of vehicle being driven
- Number of past DUI convictions within a set time frame
- Additional aggravating factors
If the vehicle operator refused to consent to a chemical test, his or her
driver’s license can be automatically suspended under California’s
implied consent law (CA Vehicle Code § 23612(a)(1)). Individuals under the age of 21 who either refuse to submit to a chemical
test or receive results of a BAC level of 0.01% or greater also can have
their driver’s license suspended.
What are the penalties for a DUI in California?
Upon conviction for a DUI offense in California, the operator of the motor
vehicle may face severe penalties. Consequences for driving under the
influence are discussed in the
California Vehicle Code § 23536.
For a DUI without injury and with no prior offenses, you may incur the
- a minimum of 96 hours in jail
- a monetary fine of between $390 and $1,000
A second DUI offense within a 1-year period, may incur penalties of the
- incarceration for between 90 days and a year
- $390 to $1,000 in fines
Amount of time spent in jail continues to increase for subsequent offenses.
Other penalties may include community service, alcohol program assessments,
drunk driver visitation programs, home detention, a license revocation,
installment of an ignition interlock device, and additional fees.
Defense from Our Ventura Criminal Attorneys
For legal representation to avoid the harsh penalties associated with your
contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Ventura DUI attorney!
Our legal team comes well-equipped with former police officers who have
been extensively trained in DUI law. We use our past experience to your
advantage, as we have unique insight into the issues with DUI arrests. Call
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert to begin working with us.