Van Nyus DUI Attorney

Promptly call a Van Nuys DUI attorney at (888) 754-9860 if you have been charged with a DUI. These cases present unique challenges to attorneys but many are defensible if handled correctly.
Van Nuys DUI attorneys primarily represent clients accused of DUI. Using their years of litigation experience, Van Nuys DUI attorneys are often able to persuade prosecutors to reduce charges or move the courts to dismiss cases
DUI sentences typically include jail time, loss of driving privileges, a hefty fine, substantially increased insurance premiums, attendance at DUI classes and huge costs. With so much at stake, you need quality representation from a Van Nuys DUI attorney.

Overview of DUI Proceedings

  • TBy immediately contacting a Van Nuys DUI attorney, you can be assured of representation in all DUI proceedings:

  • DMV hearing. Hearings on your license revocation with the DMV must be requested within 10-days of your arrest. Van Nuys DUI attorneys have successfully avoided license revocation for many clients in these hearings.

  • Arraignment. A short appearance with your Van Nuys DUI attorney to enter a not guilty plea.

  • Discovery and investigation. Your Van Nuys DUI attorney will use evidence obtained from the prosecutor and his or her own investigation to determine a defense. In most cases, Van Nuys DUI lawyers negotiate plea agreements to resolve the case.

  • Trial. If no resolution, your Van Nuys DUI lawyer will defend you at trial.

DUI Defenses

Van Nuys DUI lawyers are able to use their comprehensive knowledge of DUI laws, police practices, human and mechanical error, and factors influencing testing of blood alcohol concentration levels to raise numerous defenses. Many defenses are based on 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 Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys 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 Van Nuys DUI Lawyer

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

Van Nuys CA 91406
(888) 754-9860