First Time DUI
First Time DUI Charges
Sacramento DUI Lawyer
Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol can be a confusing and frightening experience. If you have been arrested for a first time DUI offense, your first action should be that of contacting a lawyer at Wise Law Group, PC. The firm has provided DUI defense to individuals in cases ranging from first-time offenses to multiple DUI offenses with felony charges. Mr. Wise possesses an extensive background in criminal law, and is well respected by criminal courts and District Attorneys. He will fight diligently on your behalf in your DUI case in an effort to help you avoid a conviction and the burden of a criminal record. A conviction for a first time misdemeanor DUI can carry penalties that include:
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- 3 years of informal probation
- 3 to 9 month mandatory DUI program
- 6 to 10 month drivers' license suspension
- Up to 6 months in jail (in Sacramento, this will likely be 48 hours of actual jail time)
The $1,000 fine does not include penalty assessments and court fees, which can more than triple the fine amount. The license suspension can generally be converted into a restricted license in most circumstances, after 30 days following an administrative suspension.
Administrative License Suspension for DUI Offenses
When a person is convicted of DUI, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will seek an administrative suspension of their drivers' license, which is separate from the suspension triggered by a criminal court. The person is able to partake in a DMV hearing in an effort to reclaim their driving privileges, but they must request the hearing within 10 days of their arrest. They are also able to have representation in the form of criminal defense attorney at the hearing.