Valley Village DUI Attorney

Do not feel resigned to whatever the court will impose if you are charged with DUI. Although your case may appear hopeless, many DUI cases are defended successfully by Valley Village DUI attorneys. Call a Valley Village DUI attorney at (888) 754-9860 to see what options are available and how we can assist you.
A DUI can result in harsh penalties, even for first-offenders. In most cases, you will serve jail time, pay a fine of several hundred dollars, have your license revoked, and be ordered to attend DUI classes at your expense. Costs and expenses generally run in the thousands of dollars.
Valley Village DUI attorneys have years of experience in handling primarily DUI cases. With a Valley Village DUI attorney, you can expect a lawyer who will vigorously defend you and explore all possible defenses.

DUI Proceedings

  • There are a number of proceedings in a typical DUI case, all of which should be handled by a Valley Village DUI attorney.

  • DMV hearing. This hearing regarding revocation of your license must be requested within 10-days of your arrest. Valley Village DUI attorneys routinely handle such matters and are able to avoid license revocation for many clients.

  • Arraignment. The first criminal court appearance with a Valley Village DUI attorney to enter a not guilty plea.

  • Discovery and investigation. Before trial, your Valley Village DUI attorney obtains evidence from the prosecutor and conducts an investigation of your case. In most instances, Valley Village DUI lawyers usually negotiate plea agreements at this stage.

  • Trial. If unresolved or you have a strong defense, your Valley Village DUI lawyer will take your case to trial.

DUI Defenses

Valley Village DUI lawyers use their comprehensive knowledge of the DUI laws, police policies and procedures, along with their undestanding of the science behind breath and blood testing to formulate winning defenses. Many of these defenses are derived by carefully examining the following issues:

  • 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 Valley Village 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 a Valley Village 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 Valley Village DUI Lawyer

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

Valley Village CA 91601
(888) 754-9860