Law Office of James Mendez DUI Penalties

DUI Penalties in Downey, CA

Worried about the DUI penalties you could face after a conviction? In fact, California has very severe penalties for DUI, even a first time misdemeanor offense. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Downey, whether for the first time, or you have prior convictions, your most important decision to make is your choice of a Downey DUI lawyer. Attorney James Mendez is a former prosecutor and a trial lawyer with extensive knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. If you are facing charges and want to fight back in court, contact the firm without delay. The earlier he gets involved in defending your case, the more options could exist. Every case is prepared for trial.

First DUI

The penalties for a first time misdemeanor DUI include the following:

  • Required 48 hours in jail
  • DUI school from 12 - 45 hours, based upon the BAC level
  • Fines and court fees as high as $1,800
  • Community service
  • Probation 3 - 5 years

Second DUI

  • Required 96 hours in jail or longer
  • DUI School - 18 months
  • Fines and court fees as high as $2,800
  • Community Service
  • Probation 3 - 5 years
  • Ignition Interlock Device installation

Third DUI

  • 120 - 210 days mandatory jail time (or house arrest, rehab or combination)
  • DUI School - 18 months
  • Fines and court fees as high as $2,800
  • Possible formal probation (reporting)
  • 3 - 10 years license revocation

Fourth DUI

  • Felony charge
  • Up to 3 years in state prison
  • Permanent license revocation possible

There are very serious penalties for charges such as vehicular manslaughter, DUI murder, DUI causing injury and other felonies. If you are facing any level of DUI charges, the quality of your Downey DUI lawyer could be the most important factor in the outcome of your case. Connect with Attorney James Mendez for information about defending a misdemeanor or felony DUI charge.

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