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Drunk Driving Cases

Attorney Arfa has unique and extensive experience in handling Driving Under the Influence cases.  As a Deputy City Attorney, Attorney Arfa learned the ins and outs of prosecuting DUI cases and tried a number of DUI cases to verdict. As a defense attorney, Attorney Arfa acquired extensive training and has handled numerous DUI cases from arraignment to verdict with successful results. 

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to act immediately to preserve your rights. Within 10 days of your arrest, you must request a stay and an Admin Per Se hearing from the DMV.  Otherwise, DMV will suspend your driving privilege.

The offense of driving under the influence (DUI) generally consists of two charges: 23152(a)V.C. "driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (or both)" and, 23152(b) V.C. "driving with a blood alcohol level ("BAC") of .08 or higher."  Penalties and punishments are: 

First DUI Offense

Probation

Fines & Fees

Driver License

DUI School

Jail Time

3 - 5 years of Court (unsupervised) Probation

A fine plus court fees & costs of $1400 to $1800

6 month suspension

DUI school

Mandatory

No drinking and driving

Can be paid over time for an additional charge, or in full within 45 days. Community

service may be okay.

DMV may issue a restricted CA Driver License Suspension = no driving.  Restriction = driving to and from work or school okay.

Depending on BAC, school may be between 12 - 45 hours.

Mandatory 48 hours jail. May be converted to work

service.

Second DUI Offense

Probation

Fines & Fees

Driver License

DUI School

Jail Time

3 to 5 years of Court Probation

A fine plus court fees & costs of $1800 to $2800

2 Year loss of CA Driver License

DUI School

Mandatory

This means no probation officer to report to, but absolutely no drinking and driving during that time period.

May be paid over time for an additional charge, or in full within 45 days. In some courts okay to substitute part of the fine through community

service.

DMV may issue a restricted CA Driver License. Suspension = no driving.  Restriction = driving to and from work or school okay. Ignition interlock device required.

 

 

Third DUI Offense

Probation

Fines & Fees

Driver License

DUI School

Jail Time

3 - 5 years Court or FORMAL (supervised) Probation

A fine plus court fees & costs of $1800 to $2800

Up to 3 years loss of CA Driver License

DUI School

Mandatory

Can be paid over time for an additional charge, or in full within 45 days. May be able to work off part of the fine through community

service.

DMV may issue a restricted CA Driver License. Suspension = no driving.  Restriction = driving to and from work or school okay.

18 months.

120 days of jail required. May be converted home arrest and/or rehab. Counties may require between 210 - 365 days in  jail.

Fourth DUI Offense - Penalties & Punishments

A fourth or more DUI may result in a felony with punishment in high as three years in state prison and revocation of drivers license. If anyone was injured in connection with a DUI, it may be charged as either a felony DUI or a misdemeanor DUI. These cases have substantial impact involving jail and loss of license.

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