Warner Center DUI Attorney

A DUI carries certain penalties and costs but these vary depending on the seriousness of the matter and if you have prior offenses. If you plead guilty, do not expect much leniency, if any, from the court as a DUI is considered one of the more serious misdemeanors. If you have been charged with a DUI, immediately call a Warner Center DUI attorney at (888) 754-9860.

A prior offense can entail months of incarceration and years with no driver’s license. You must find alternate modes of transportation, ways to pay the enormous costs and expenses, and deal with a criminal record. With so much at risk, you need quality representation from a Warner Center DUI attorney.

Summary of DUI Proceedings

If charged with DUI, you can challenge the looming revocation of your license before the DMV if you request the hearing no later than 10-days following your arrest. Promptly retain a Warner Center DUI attorney to handle this for you.

DUI proceedings involve:

  • DMV hearing. Warner Center DUI attorneys routinely handle these hearings and have been successful many times in DMV rulings.

  • Held shortly after your arrest in most instances, you appear with your Warner Center DUI attorney to enter a not guilty plea.

  • Discovery and investigation. Your Warner Center DUI attorney conducts an investigation of your case and requests information and evidence from the prosecutor. Warner Center DUI attorneys usually negotiate plea arrangements before trial.

  • If no plea agreement is reached, your Warner Center DUI attorney is fully prepared to defend you at trial.

Defenses in DUI Cases

Warner Center DUI lawyers will often focus on these issues in forming one or more defenses in your case:

  • 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 Warner Center DUI lawyer

In many cases, Warner Center DUI lawyers are able to spot defenses or issues commonly missed by other attorneys.

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. Jai 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 Classe 18 to 30-months

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

Third 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 Warner Center 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 need a Warner Center DUI lawyer as they 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 Warner Center DUI Lawyer

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

Warner Center CA 91367
(888) 754-9860