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Penalties for DUI
The penalties for DUI in our state can be extensive, even for a first offense. Below is a list of the penalties for DUI offenses, which can be increased in circumstances in which an "aggravating" factor is present, such as injuries to a passenger or other motorist, or the presence of a child in the vehicle at the time of the offense.
- First DUI offense: $1,000 in fines, loss of drivers' license for 6 months, 3 to 5 years of probation, 48 hours of required jail time.
- Second DUI offense: $1,800 to $2,800 in fines, loss of drivers' license for 2 years, 3 to 5 years of probation, 96 hours of required jail time. Some counties will insist on 10 to 30 days of jail time.
- Third DUI offense: $1,800 to $2,800 in fines, loss of drivers' license for up to 3 years, 3 to 5 years of probation, 120 hours of required jail time. Some counties will insist on 210 days to 12 months of jail time.
- Fourth DUI offense: A fourth DUI in 10 years is considered a felony, and may carry penalties that include permanent loss of one's drivers' license and 3 years in state prison.
It is important to note that this list is a reference only, that each county's penalties may vary, and that DUI punishments change regularly. If you have been charged with DUI, contact a criminal lawyer who can work to reduce your sentence or eliminate your charges completely.
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Wise Law Group, PC is a criminal defense law firm that has successfully assisted a large number of individuals in their DUI cases. They have provided representation in cases ranging from first-time offenses to felony DUI, and they understand the necessary elements in obtaining positive results on behalf of the client. Mr. Wise will utilize his nearly 20 years of experience in aggressively seeking a favorable outcome to your DUI case. If you were arrested for drunk driving, contact a Sacramento DUI lawyer from our team today!