Sunland DUI Attorney

A DUI charge can be a nightmare for many people, especially if they feel the allegations are unfounded. If convicted, offenders face a slew of penalties including jail, revocation of their driver’s license, mandatory attendance at DUI classes, substantially increased insurance premiums and costs of thousands of dollars. If you face DUI charges, call a Sunland DUI attorney at (888) 754-9860.
Many DUI cases can be defended sucessfully, but you need quality and experienced representation. Sunland DUI attorneys routinely represent DUI clients and regularly obtain plea agreements to reduced charges along with dismissals and acquittals at trial. Talk to a Sunland DUI attorney to discuss your case.

DUI Proceedings

  • Promptly retain a Sunland DUI attorney for all DUI court appearances and hearings.

  • DMV hearing. This hearing must be requested no later than 10-days after your arrest. Sunland DUI attorneys have avoided license revocation for many clients at these hearings based on faulty breath or blood test results among other reasons.

  • Arraignment. At this initial court appearance with a Sunland DUI attorney, you enter a not guilty plea

  • Pretrial discovery and investigation. Your Sunland DUI attorney investigates your case and obtains evidence from the prosecutor. Many cases are satisfactorily negotiated by Sunland DUI attorneys before trial.

  • Trial. If unresolved, your Sunland DUI lawyer will defend you before a jury

DUI Defenses

MSunland DUI lawyers mount successful defenses based on their knowledge of DUI laws, police practices and procedures, and the factors affecting breath and blood test results. A Sunland DUI lawyer will often look at the following issues in forming any number of defenses:

  • Possible police misconduct

  • Whether your medical or physical condition may have influenced your arrest and BAC results

  • Validity and integrity of the breath or blood tests

  • Bias, inconsistencies or errors in police testimony, records and reports

  • No driving, drinking after driving and other defenses found by your Sunland DUI lawyer

DUI Penalties

DUI sentences vary from county to county, especially if aggravating circumstances were present. There are separate penalties for a first, second, third and felony convictions. These penalties are typically imposed:

First DUI or DWI

The usual penalties for a first DUI or DWI are:

  1. Jail. 48 hours in jail and up to 6-months; 3-years of probation

  2. Suspension of license. Loss of driving privileges for 4 to 10-months though you may be eligible for a restricted license; if BAC testing was refused, the suspension is one year

  3. Fines: $390 with costs over $1,800

  4. DUI classes: 3-months

  5. Insurance and installation: Secure SR-22 insurance and possibly install an interlock ignition system

Second DUI or DWI

Penalties for a second DUI or DWI within 10 years of the first include:

  1. Jail. 96 hours and up to one year in county jail and 3-5 years probation

  2. Suspension of license. 2-year suspension with eligibility for restricted license unless testing was refused.

  3. Fines: $390 to $1000 but over $10,000 in costs

  4. DUI Classes. 18 to 30-months

  5. Installation and insurance. SR-22 insurance and Interlock ignition system

Third Second DUI or DWI

Conviction of a third DUI or DWI in 10 years may include:

  1. Jail. 120 days to one year in county jail and 3-5 years probation

  2. Suspension of license. 3-years with restricted license after 12-months

  3. Fines: $390 to $1000 and other costs up to $15,000

  4. DUI classes. 30-months

  5. Installation and insurance. SR-22 insurance and interlock system

Fourth DUI or DWI

A fourth DWI or DWI is a felony but it could be negotiated to a misdemeanor by your Sunland DUI lawyer.

If a felony, you face:

  1. Jail. 16 months, 2 or 3 years in jail and formal probation for up to 5 years

  2. Suspension of license: 4-years

  3. Fines: Up to $5000 with associated costs of up to $18,000

  4. Habitual traffic offender status. 3 years

  5. Mandatory DUI classes. 30-months

  6. Installation and insurance. SR-22 insurance and interlock system

Commercial DUI or DWI

Commercial drivers can be convicted of a commercial DUI or DWI if their BAC is 0.04%.

Penalties include:

  1. Jail. Same as for a motorist with a Class C license for first or multiple DUI or DWI offenses

  2. Driver’s license suspension.

  • Loss of commercial driver’s license for one year, regardless of the vehicle you were driving

  • Life-time suspension for a second conviction

  • Your Class C license is also affected

  1. Fines. From $390 to $1000

  2. DUI Classes. Same as for other offenders

  3. Insurance and installation. Securing of SR-22 insurance and possible installation of an interlock system

Call a Sunland DUI Lawyer

If you were arrested for a DUI, call a Sunland DUI lawyer today at (888) 754-9860.

Sunland CA 91040
(888) 754-9860