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What is the Penalty for a First-Time DUI?

Even a first-time DUI charge has the potential to change the course of your life and future prospects. If you’re facing a DUI charge, it’s important to remember that this is no light matter and that it’s in your best interest to contact a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.

Consequences for a First-Time DUI in California

The penalties for a first-time DUI vary from state to state. In California, the potential consequences for a first offense are as follows:

  • Driver's license suspension up to four months

  • Probation up to five years

  • Mandatory alcohol education courses

  • Monetary fines up to $1,000

  • Jail time up to six months

If you’re facing a first-time DUI charge in California, it’s important to keep in mind that you do have options. An experienced defense attorney will be able to take advantage of common mistakes that law enforcement makes during DUI traffic stops and use these mistakes to reduce or dismiss your charges.

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, our managing partner, Virginia Landry, is one of five attorneys in California who is board certified in DUI defense and she has helped countless clients reduce or dismiss their DUI charges.

During this sensitive time, it’s in your best interest to take aggressive and immediate action to get your DUI charges dismissed. Contacting our law firm is the first step toward that goal. We’re here to help.

Contact us today at (949) 537-2202 to learn how we can assist you.