SACRAMENTO DUI ATTORNEY
YOUR FIRST DUI CHARGE
DUI arrests continue to increase in frequency across the US as a whole and particularly in the state of California. With the increase in arrests, state and local governments have continued to increase the severity of punishments and a conviction will cost the average defendant in ways they may have never imagined. Aside from the serious government imposed penalties, DUI arrests place the accused under immense stress and can cause individuals to lose their jobs, standing in the community, and stability at home. Understanding your unique situation is critical to obtaining a favorable outcome, and based on the charges and your background, there are different sections of the California Vehicle Code that will apply.
Driving under the influence is a serious crime with some harsh penalties. Contact a Sacramento DUI attorney for consultation immediately.
Over 200,000 drivers are arrested each year for driving under the influence in California alone and the administrative penalties vary. Before you can be sentenced of drunk driving though, the prosecution must establish three things.
- The first is that the officer who arrested you must have had probable cause to stop you, like speeding or running a red light for example.
- Second, you must have violated California’s DUI laws by driving with an illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or refused to perform a chemical test.
- Lastly, the arrest must have been lawful. If all three of these are not met, the charges against you should be dismissed.