DUI Penalties in Fresno County
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A conviction for
driving under the influence (DUI) in California will carry stiff penalties and legal punishments,
even if it is the first time you have been arrested. Law enforcement agents
will give you no leniency, no matter how spotless your criminal and driving
record may be. If you are facing a DUI conviction and do not know where
to turn for assistance and support, call (559) 257-4707 to talk to a
Fresno DUI lawyer from Wapner & Jones, P.C. With
more than 55 years of combined legal experience, our former prosecutors turned defenders
can offer protection from even the harshest of penalties.
First Offense DUI Penalties in Fresno
Each county in California is permitted to interpret DUI laws in their own
way, assigning their own unique penalties. Fresno County is among some
of the counties that issue the harshest penalties.
For a first-time DUI conviction with no aggravating factors, you could face:
2 days to 6 months in jail
$390 to $1,000 in fines
At least 3-month alcohol/drug treatment program
6-month license suspension
Fresno County also has the ability to put you in jail for a minimum of
10 days, despite this not being the norm in the state. This escalated
punishment is often reserved for people who had not been cooperative with
the police or judge. As a favor to yourself, you should always be respectful
when dealing with law enforcement or the judicial system.
Subsequent DUIs & Higher Penalties
You will be up against higher penalties if you have been arrested and convicted
several times for a DUI, not only in California but also across the country.
For a second-time conviction, you can be incarcerated for one year and
lose your license to suspension for two. For a third conviction, you will
be facing a minimum sentence of four months and your license will be
revoked for three years. A
fourth DUI may be considered a felony and can lock you up for an entire year
and trigger a four-year license revocation. Unlike a license suspension
that can be reinstated with a small fee, a license revocation will require
you to pay higher fees and complete driver’s training courses again.
DUI Lookback Period and Aggravating Factors
California uses a 10-year lookback period when it comes to DUI offenses.
As previously mentioned, subsequent arrests during this 10-year lookback
period will have steeper punishments. Frequency is not the only aggravating
factor that can escalate your penalties.
Other aggravating factors in Fresno County for DUI penalties include:
- Arrested with a minor (under 14) in the car.
- Speeding when pulled over.
- DUI while using a suspended or restricted license.
- Causing an accident while intoxicated.
- Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15% or more.
Being under the influence of drugs
Refusing to take a chemical test can also be seen as its own standalone
aggravating factor. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is permitted
to automatically suspend your license for a year if you refuse to take
such a test.
The DUI Defense You Need is at Wapner & Jones, P.C.
Our Fresno DUI attorneys have focused much of their legal practice on drunk
driving cases. To get unique skills and years of experience dealing with
charges just like the ones you are facing,
contact us today. Once you get to know our team, you will understand quickly why
we are the leading defense attorneys in the Central Valley.
initial consultation is free when you call (559) 257-4707.