If you’re facing a driving under the influence, or DUI, charge for the first time, you’re probably worried about the penalties you face. Remember, you haven’t been convicted of any DUI crime. If convicted of DUI, you face the possible penalties listed under California’s Vehicle Code 23536. The section portion of 23536 outlines the possible conditions of probation for a first-time DUI conviction.
Penalties under VC 23536
Under subsection A, an individual convicted of DUI for the first time may:
• Spend 96 hours, or three days, in the county jail. At least 48 hours, or two days, will be continuously spent in county jail. The most an individual can receive is six months.
• Pay a fine. In California, the fine ranges from $390 to $1,000.
According to the state statute 13550, an individual will have his driver’s license suspended by California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV.
The court can grant probation after the first time a person is convicted of drunk driving. The court will require successful completion of an alcohol program as a condition of probation. Also, the person must pay anywhere from $390 to $1,000 in fines in addition to penalty assessments which will dramatically increase the amounts due. It doesn’t always happen, but the court may also sentence the driver to at least 48 hours, or two days, in county jail.
In some DUI cases, drivers convicted of DUI for the first time may be granted a restricted driver’s license. A restricted driver’s license allows a driver to operate a vehicle during specific hours and drive to specific places. The conditions of a driver’s probation may also include successful completion of community labor or community service.
Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin for Help with a First-Time DUI
No DUI arrest is minor. You face tough penalties including fines, alcohol treatment and jail time. That’s why it’s important to contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin for a free consultation. The legal team at the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin will go over the details of your DUI arrest to determine your best course of action and defense.
Jonathan Franklin is a former prosecutor. This gives him a unique perspective when defending his clients in DUI cases. He has worked on both sides of the fence and gained invaluable experience along the way. Whether it’s knowing how to negotiate plea deals with prosecutors, argue motions to get a case dismissed, or take the case trial, Jonathan Franklin has the experience and knowledge his client’s need and deserve.
Don’t let the stress, worry and uncertainty about a DUI overwhelm you. Jonathan Franklin can assist you throughout the legal process. If you’ve been arrested in Los Angeles County for DUI, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin for a free consultation today.