Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in Ventura County is a criminal act prosecuted through the criminal justice system, rather than through traffic court or the DMV. A record of your DUI persists for ten years and the penalties for those convicted of one or more DUIs in a decade can be quite severe.
Once you are stopped for suspected drunk driving, a police officer measures your “BAC” or blood alcohol content through breath, urine, or blood tests. Failure to submit to a test after you are arrested can have penalties. The legal limit for most drivers is .08% BAC. The legal limits are more stringent for commercial drivers and drivers under 21 years of age.
Even if you don’t meet the legal limit to be charged with a DUI, you can still be charged with reckless driving in Ventura. The District Attorney will charge a high blood alcohol allegation if a defendant’s blood alcohol level is .15 percent or greater. Such a charge will bring you increased penalties such as a longer DUI program and a longer jail sentence.
Ventura County DUI Convictions Are Expensive
Drivers in Ventura Countyo who face a first-time DUI charge have the potential to receive several harsh criminal penalties. A driver convicted for the first time of a DUI may receive a 30-day to 10-month suspension of driving privileges.
First offenders convicted of misdemeanor DUIs face the following:
- fines that run from $390-$1,000;
- jail time from 4 days up to 6 months;
- a requirement of participation in a first-offender DUI program;
- and a license conditioned on IID installation
- these consequences are more severe if you also injured someone while driving under the influence of alcohol.
If these penalties do not deter them, second and third offenders face even harsher penalties than first time offenders do.
A second offender has the following potential punishments:
- revocation of driver’s license for one to two years;
- 90 days to one year in jails;
- fines of $390- $1000.
The sentencing of third-time offenders may include:
- 120 days-1 year jail time;
- fines of $390-$1,000;
- mandated 18 or 30-month program;
- revocation of driver’s license for 3 years.
An Experienced California DUI Lawyer Can Help
If you have been arrested for DUI or an alcohol-related offense, contact the DUI defense lawyers at Rose Law APC today. Never sign a waiver or give a written statement without consulting an attorney first. You should have an experienced advocate at your side from the beginning. Rose Law APC will protect your rights and ensure that no unlawfully obtained evidence can be used against you. We have challenged numerous blood, urine, and breath tests and had the results thrown out. Our track record shows strong success in having many DUI charges dismissed or diminished so that you can drive again.
Whether you are a first-time or repeat offender, we are dedicated to defending your rights and helping you get back on your feet. For a confidential consultation, call (805) 512-9510 or contact us online.