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DUI Laws and Penalties

Over the past decades, laws regarding the crime of driving under the influence (DUI) have become much more stringent due to the zealous advocacy of groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the legislators they support. The penalties that offenders, even first-timers, face today have the potential to take away future opportunities and generally make life much more difficult. Anyone facing a DUI charge should consult with a qualified attorney right away and learn as much as possible about DUI laws and penalties, since knowledge is key to success in any given scenario.

Over many years of practice, the experienced southern California drunk driving defense lawyers at The Amer Law Firm have garnered a reputation of success in the field of DUI law. We have developed the knowledge and resources needed to gain clients acquittal or significantly reduced penalties in their drunk driving cases. If you wish to learn more about our firm's case history and services, call us today at (866) 431-2637.

What is Considered a DUI in California?

California's DUI laws recognize three distinct groups and accord them the following blood alcohol content (BAC) percentage limits:

Most people think that California's DUI laws apply to alcohol consumption only; however, this is far from true. Ingestion of excessive amounts of drugs with alcohol content, prescription medication, or over-the-counter medication can also lead to a DUI charge.

What are the DUI Penalties for People Under 21?

An individual younger than 21 years old may not have any open or unsealed containers of alcohol in their vehicle under California's “open container” laws unless they are with a legal guardian or are currently on the job for a business with an off-site liquor license. A violation of this law may result in the following penalties:

Under the state's Zero Tolerance Law, those under 21 may not drive with any alcohol in their system. First-time offenders may face license suspension for a year, DUI classes, and exorbitant fines. Penalties get more stringent for subsequent offenses.

What are the DUI Penalties for People 21 or Older?

The penalties for people of age are much more severe. First-time offenders may face the following consequences upon conviction:

On top of these legal penalties, a convicted defendant may face hiked up insurance rates, lost employment opportunities, and a ruined reputation. They will also have the DUI conviction on their driving record for 10 years.

What are the DUI Penalties for Commercial Drivers?

A commercial driver who operates a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher may face fines, jail time, and DUI programs in addition to the following license suspension periods:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may suspend or revoke a commercial driver's license upon conviction, profoundly impacting their earning capacity.

Helping You Protect Your Future

The reliable Long Beach DUI defense lawyers at The Amer Law Firm will not just accept your case and have you put in a guilty plea, wasting your time and money. On the contrary, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, look for holes in the prosecution's case, and utilize them to get the court on your side. If we are not able to gain you acquittal, we will use our best negotiation skills to try and get your penalties reduced. Please contact us today online or by calling (866) 431-2637 if you have any questions.

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