You can be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more (often called a "per se" DUI) or while "under the influence" of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two. When you're arrested for most crimes, there aren't any penalties unless you're actually convicted of the offense (either by entering a plea or being found guilty at trial). But if you're lawfully arrested for DUI, there can be administrative consequences—such as license suspension and fees—regardless of whether you're ultimately convicted of the crime. And if you are convicted of DUI, you'll face additional criminal penalties.
DUI is a criminal offense conviction in CA which will result in a permanent criminal record, unless it can be expunged several years later, which will cost more in attorney fees and court costs. For most purposes, a DUI is considered a "first offense" if you haven't had a DUI in the past ten years.
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By now you've experienced a lot of emotions, but you've found yourself in the right place with Johnson Criminal Law Group. Hiring a lawyer to represent you in your DUI case is one of the best decisions you can make to ensure you don't spend time in jail, have your license unnecessarily suspended, or pay excessive fines.
It's important to recall as many details as possible of your traffic stop, so here we will detail some things you should try to remember in preparation for your free consultation.
Once your case is filed with the district attorney, our office will retrieve the police report and begin going through it. This report, along with the officer's testimony at trial, will be the key pieces of information to be scrutinized.