DUI Penalties in Alameda County
Alameda County DUI Defense Attorney
The penalties in our state are extremely harsh for any type of DUI conviction. Not only will you be facing jail time, you will owe expensive fines and fees as well as be required to perform community service and attend alcohol treatment classes. In cases in which the individual accused of DUI has a prior conviction for the offense on record, the state has enacted "enhanced" penalties that increase the punishments when convicted. Any DUI arrest is a serious legal matter and if you are facing this charge it is strongly advised that you act quickly in contacting an Alameda County DUI defense attorney.
What are the Penalties for DUI?
The penalties for a first DUI usually include the following punishments:
- Up to 6 months in jail; 4 days is usually the minimum sentence
- Fines and fees up to $1,500 or more.
- Up to 6 months suspended driver's license
- Court ordered alcohol education program (3 months in duration)
- Court ordered community service
- Some cases require the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
- Up to 5 years probation
For those who have a prior conviction, the penalties are increased radically, and it is likely that you will lose your driver's license for a year at least, and will be spending several weeks in jail. For felony DUI convictions, the individual is usually sent to state prison for several years. These are cases in which another person was injured through an accident in which an accused DUI driver was deemed to be responsible. Other cases, such as those in which a driver is accused of DUI who has several convictions for the same offense on record will result in a felony charge.
Never go to court on a DUI offense without an experienced attorney to protect your rights and to guide you through the process. Countless cases upon review are determined to have viable options to defend the case, even those that may initially seem hopeless. Our legal team is prepared to fight aggressively on behalf of our clients in all types of DUI offenses. It is vital that you contact the firm as soon as you have been arrested in order to initiate the actions necessary for your defense.
Contact an Alameda DUI Defense Attorney
from our firm to protect your rights and fight to avoid the penalties you will face if convicted.