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First DUI in Sacramento County
A DUI conviction is not only embarrassing but can severely ruin your reputation with coworkers, employers, family and friends and not to mention damage your criminal record. Penalties vary depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Probation can be from 1 to 5 years, jail time can be anywhere between 2 days and 6 months, and fines can go up to $1800.
If there were injuries, kids in the car, property damage, excessive speed, and alcohol content of 1.5 or higher, or if there are other convictions on your record, punishments increase. In addition, impoundment fees, court fees, and higher insurance premiums add to a staggering toll. Also, generally first offender alcohol education programs are required. These can be from 3 to 9 months depending on alcohol level and/or refusal to take chemical test. If you have been arrested for a DUI it is important to contact and experienced Sacramento DUI attorney at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi today, consultation is free.
If you took a blood, breath, or urine test and the results showed 0.08% BAC or more and you are 21 years of age or older, the first offense will be a 4-month suspension (a second offense within 10 years will result in 1 year suspension).
For those under 21 years, any test results showing 0.01% BAC or more results in a 1 year suspension. The law requires you to take a chemical test in order to determine the alcohol and/or drug content of your blood. As of July 1, 2010, four counties in California: Sacramento, Los Angeles, Alameda and Tulare, require anyone convicted of a DUI to get an ignition interlock device installed in the car for at least 5 months.
Getting Your Second DUI
If you are arrested for a DUI for the second time within a 10 years from your first DUI, the result will carry harder fines and penalties, you will be even harder to insure with insurance company significantly raising your premium. The penalties for a second DUI conviction are increasingly worse than those of first time offenders. If the second DUI occurs at any time during your probation, not only will you be sentenced for first time DUI punishments but also for violating your probation. The probation violation can carry as much if not more jail time as the second DUI itself.
Getting two DUI’s within ten years have severe punishments:
- probation can be from 3 to 5 years depending on the factors;
- jail sentence is a minimum of 3 days and maximum of one year;
- license suspension for two years, fines and other court fees that can be up to $3,000;
- further alcohol education programs and an ignition interlock device installed into your car.
The possibility of obtaining a restrictive license remains as long as the driver doesn’t refuse to take a chemical test. To keep you out of jail, working and driving you will need aggressive representation. Protect your rights, contact a Sacramento DUI attorney at the Law Office of Wing & Parisi and we will guide you through the legal process and make sure you get a fair evaluation.
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