DUI: Driving Under The Influence

Being charged with a DUI offense in California can be a life-altering event. A conviction can lead to severe penalties that not only affect your freedom but also have lasting repercussions on your career and social life. At Lee Law Group, we specialize in providing comprehensive DUI defense services, effectively navigating the complex California legal landscape to protect your rights.

Types of DUI in California

In California, DUI offenses can be broadly categorized into three types:

  • DUI Alcohol: Driving under the influence of alcohol, typically measured by a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
  • DUI Drugs: Operating a vehicle while under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medications.
  • Aggravated DUI: DUI offenses involving additional factors such as high BAC levels, minor passengers, or prior DUI convictions.

Penalties for DUI in California

Whether it’s your first encounter with DUI charges or a subsequent one, understanding the varying degrees of punishment for offenses is crucial for mounting an effective defense.

  • First Offense: A first-time DUI conviction can result in up to 6 months in jail, a $390 fine, and license suspension for 6 months. Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device is also common.
  • Second Offense: A second DUI within 10 years escalates the penalties, potentially leading to a one-year jail sentence, a $390 fine plus penalty assessments, and license suspension for 2 years.
  • Third Offense: A third DUI conviction within 10 years could result in a three-year license suspension, a $390 fine plus penalty assessments, a jail sentence of up to 1 year, and a 3-5 years probation period is also a possibility.

As a 5-star DUI law firm in California, Lee Law Group employs a tailored defense strategy for each client. Whether scrutinizing the accuracy of breathalyzers or challenging the legality of DUI checkpoints, we tirelessly work to question every aspect of the state’s case against you. The aim is not just to reduce penalties but also to achieve an outright case dismissal whenever possible. Contact us today for a consultation.


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