California DUI: First Time Penalties Has a Bad Situation Upended Your Life? Don't Face it Alone. 

California DUI: First Time Penalties

When you are arrested for a California DUI (Driving Under the Influence), it’s common to have a lot of questions regarding what sort of possible punishments you are facing.

This post will reveal what kind of penalties you may face for a first offense DUI in California.

Of course, every case is different –the answer depends upon many factors:

  • Were there any aggravating factors?
  • What county is the case located in?
  • Who is the district attorney on the case?
  • Who is the judge?
  • Was there an accident?
  • How high was your BAC?
  • Does the arresting officer have a disciplinary record?
  • What lab did the testing?

This list is just a small taste of the factors that an experienced California DUI lawyer will ask in order to determine what kind of penalties you might face.

man in suit sitting outside smiling

An experienced California DUI defense attorney will do a full confidential intake in order to determine what happened, what the evidence is against you, the proper defense strategy, and how to negotiate the best possible deal.. For example, if the police violated your legal rights, a skilled defense attorney may get the evidence declared inadmissible at a DUI suppression hearing, leading to a dismissal of your DUI charges.

Despite this explanation, when you are arrested for a California DUI, you want an estimation of the range of possible penalties. That’s understandable. Let’s assume we are talking about a first time DUI case, with a BAC of .14, in an unspecified California jurisdiction, with no aggravating factors, but a solid case from the DA’s perspective.

A skilled California DUI lawyer is likely to negotiate something in the range of:

  • Two to Three years of probation
  • A $1000-$2000 fine.
  • Three to nine month first offender DUI school
  • Zero to ten days of sheriff work alternative program
  • Thirty Day hard DMV drivers license suspension
  • An additional 90-150 day license restriction

A skilled California DUI lawyer can thoroughly research your facts to make sure the district attorney has a valid case If not, motions can be filed to challenge the evidence and perhaps dismiss the case. If not, deals can be made to minimize the damage and help you move forward with your life. A California DUI arrest is a traumatic event, but it doesn’t have to lead to permanent damage. With a strong defense, it is entirely possible to deal with the situation head on and obtain the best possible result.

If you would like assistance getting the best possible result for your California DUI case, please call our office toll-free at 844-811-5444, or contact us online.


Common Questions

  • National Geographic
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Berkeley Law
  • Duke Law
  • Lawyerist
  • Lawyernomics
  • Cision
  • Best of SF Winner
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020 Northern California Rising Stars Super Lawyer Award
  • 2019 Northern California Rising Stars Super Lawyer Award
  • 2018 Northern California Rising Stars Super Lawyer Award
  • 2017 Northern California Rising Stars Super Lawyer Award
  • Elite Lawyer for 2020

Each Year, We Protect Hundreds of Clients' Futures

Explore Our Practice Areas & See How We Can Help You

More Than 150 5-Star Reviews

See What Our Clients Are Saying About Us
    Best DUI lawyers in Los Angeles.

    “I love Jason. He helped me figure out what to do in a difficult situation. He’s the best with a cherry on top. Seriously, these guys rock.”

    - Staci M.
    The best DUI attorney in San Francisco!

    “Jason has more trial experience than anyone I have ever met and has more experience than anybody in the courthouse and seems to know everyone there. My outcome was incredibly positive! I couldn't ask for a better attorney.”

    - Subhi B.
    Super impressed with Jason's team and wholeheartedly recommend his firm.

    “Very, very easy to work with, and a seamless experience on a routine traffic violation. All electronic, easy communication, and consistent updates during the process.”

    - Mike G.
    Definitely hire Jason.

    “All charges were dropped. And the process was simple. I didn’t have to file paperwork, go to the courthouse, or deal with anything. Jason and his staff managed the whole affair. I’m so grateful!”

    - Rebecca B.
    Best decision I have ever made!

    “Jason helped me with my case in a professional and proficient manner. I will definitely come to Jason in the future for any upcoming issues I may have.”

    - Sara P.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Personal Representation

    You work directly with your attorney every step of the way.

  • Virtual Services

    We utilize technology so you don't need to come into the office and in most cases, court.

  • Connected to the Local Community

    We have built close professional relationships with local judges and district attorneys and are deeply involved in the community.

  • Quick Response

    We get great results, and we get them fast!

Has a Bad Situation Upended Your Life?

Don’t Face it Alone.

How Can We Help You?

You can contact us using this form day or night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You will hear back from one of our attorneys the same day or next day.
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.