First DUI

Los Angeles First DUI Defense Lawyer

Aggressive DUI Defense for First-Time Offenders

A first-time DUI can be a terrifying experience. The arresting officer will likely put you through a series of field sobriety tests and breath tests. If you are arrested, you will be immediately taken to jail and your car will be impounded. You will then have to go through the hassle of having your car released and get a ride home.

Shortly thereafter, you will receive a notice from the DMV that your driving privileges will be suspended in 30 days. You will need to set a DMV hearing to contest the suspension. In addition, you will be given a citation with a date to appear in court. Failure to appear in court can result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.

At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, our Los Angeles first DUI defense attorneys understand the fear and anxiety that come with a DUI arrest. We are here to help you through the process and fight to keep you out of jail and to keep your driving privileges.

Call our team at (213) 481-6811 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a first-time DUI defense attorney in Los Angeles. Se habla español.

What is the Legal Limit for a First DUI?

In California, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% for drivers over the age of 21. If you are under 21, the limit is 0.01%. Commercial drivers are held to an even stricter standard, with a legal limit of 0.04% BAC. If you are driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs, the consequences are the same as a drunk driving conviction.

What Are the Penalties for a First DUI in California?

A first DUI conviction in California is a misdemeanor. However, it can still carry severe penalties, including:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 3-5 years of probation
  • License suspension for 6 months
  • Required completion of a DUI school
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

The penalties can be enhanced if you had a child under the age of 14 in the car at the time of the arrest or if your BAC was above 0.15% or 0.20%. There may also be additional penalties if you are not a U.S. citizen.

What Happens If You Get a DUI on Probation for a First DUI?

In California, a first-time DUI is typically punishable by 3-5 years of probation. If you are convicted of a subsequent DUI while still on probation for a previous DUI, you may face enhanced penalties. This includes a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail and up to 1 year in jail, in addition to other penalties.

How Much Does a First DUI Cost in California?

It is difficult to estimate the exact cost of a first DUI, as it will depend on several factors, including the circumstances of your arrest and the penalties you face. However, a first-time DUI can easily cost several thousand dollars. This includes fines, court fees, the cost of a DUI program, the cost of an ignition interlock device, and increased insurance premiums. If you are convicted, you may also need to pay to have your license reinstated.

Why Choose Us?

When you are facing a first DUI, it is important to have an attorney on your side who can help you fight the charges. At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, our Los Angeles first DUI defense lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience. We have handled thousands of cases and have been successful in securing favorable outcomes for our clients. We are ready to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Here's how we can help you:

  • Legal Expertise and Experience: Our team comprises seasoned DUI attorneys who are well-versed in California DUI laws and court procedures. We have handled numerous cases similar to yours, giving us the expertise to navigate the legal system effectively.
  • Case Evaluation and Strategy: Upon reviewing the details of your case, we can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your situation and devise a tailored legal strategy. This personalized approach aims to minimize the potential consequences you may face.
  • Defense Representation: We will serve as your dedicated legal advocates throughout the entire legal process. From representing you in court hearings to negotiating with prosecutors, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Minimizing Penalties: If convicted of a DUI, you could face various penalties, including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. Our goal is to mitigate these consequences by exploring all available legal avenues, such as plea bargaining or alternative sentencing options.
  • Understanding of DUI Laws and Procedures: California's DUI laws are complex and can be challenging to navigate without proper legal guidance. We have a deep understanding of these laws and stay updated on any changes or precedents, ensuring that we can provide you with the most effective defense.
  • Emotional Support and Guidance: Facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming and stressful, especially if it's your first offense. We offer compassionate support and guidance every step of the way, helping you navigate the legal process with confidence.
  • Preserving Your Driving Privileges: Losing your driver's license can significantly impact your daily life, making it difficult to fulfill work, family, and personal obligations. We will work to preserve your driving privileges by challenging license suspension actions and exploring options for restricted licenses if applicable.

Call our firm at (213) 481-6811 or submit an online contact form to get started with a free consultation.


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