Skilled Legal Advocacy Against Serious Drunk Driving Charges
Driving under the influence is one of the most commonly charged crimes in California and nationwide. Nearly any driver can find themselves pulled over after having one too many drinks, whether they’ve been licensed for only a few years or have been driving for decades.
Although DUI is a common offense, it is not treated lightly. The courts and law enforcement take DUI cases very seriously, and a conviction for DUI can carry serious consequences. If you’ve been charged with drunk or impaired driving in the Inland Empire, contact our skilled attorneys at the Law Office of James McGee. We can discuss your options and assess your charges during a free initial consultation.
Sentencing Can Be Strict, Even For A First Offense
For a first DUI offense within 10 years, consequences can include:
- Five days to one year in county jail
- $390 to $1000 in fines, plus court costs
- Three to five years of informal probation
- One-year license suspension
- Completion of AB541 DUI school
- Completion of hospital and morgue volunteer work
- Completion of a MADD victim impact class
- Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed for five months
- Attending Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings
Consequences are more likely to be severe if there are aggravating factors, such as if you had a high blood-alcohol content or you caused a crash that resulted in injury to someone else.
Your Risks Increase With Repeat Offenses
For a subsequent DUI offense within 10 years, consequences can include:
- Minimum 120 days in jail; and
- $390 to 5000 in fines, plus court costs; OR
- 30 to 365 days in jail; and
- $390 to $1000 fine; PLUS
- Three to five years informal probation
- Attending and completing the SB38 multi-offender program
- Three to five-year license revocation
- Attending and completing Hospital & Morgue volunteer work
- Attending and completing the MADD victim impact class
- Mandatory IID installation
- Attending AA/NA meetings
If a person has three or more convictions of DUI within 10 years, a subsequent arrest for DUI can be charged as a felony, with resulting prison time.
We Can Help You Fight Administrative License Suspension
The DMV also takes its own action after a person is arrested for DUI, independent of any formal criminal proceedings in court. It is very important that, in order to avoid an automatic license suspension with the DMV, the person must schedule their administrative hearing within 10 days of their arrest in order to fight for their license. Otherwise, it will automatically be suspended.
As soon as you contact us, we set to work building a strong defense and helping you address all related consequences, including administrative license suspension. We can represent you at your hearing and will work diligently to help you retain your driving privileges.
Contact Us For Personalized And Dedicated Representation
At the Law Office of James McGee, we take the time to help you understand what you’ve been charged with and what to expect as the legal process unfolds. Our attorneys partner with you to seek the resolution that best meets your needs and goals. To get started with a free consultation, we invite you to call our San Bernardino office at 1-888-873-0383 or reach us online. Se habla español.