DUI

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Every year in the state of California alone, more than 200,000 drivers are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. A police officer in the state has the right to ask you to submit to a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test if he or she has reason to believe you've been drinking and driving. Because of California's implied consent laws, refusing to take this test is a punishable offense. The law stipulates that all drivers on California roads with state driver's licenses consent to DUI testing by an officer. If the blood, urine, or breath test shows that your BAC is at 0.08 percent or above, you can be arrested for driving under the influence.

At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our Murrieta DUI attorneys understand that good people can sometimes find themselves in difficult circumstances. Backed by several decades of experience defending the accused, we understand the road that lies ahead and can use our knowledge to help level the playing field against the prosecution’s claims. We truly believe you are innocent until proven guilty, and we are committed to exploring every available opportunity to secure a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf.


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Penalties for DUI in California

The penalties for a DUI conviction in California are notorious for being among the toughest in the United States. If convicted of a DUI, you could face fines, license suspension, jail time, mandatory community service hours, and forced installation of a vehicle ignition interlock device. For a first offense, you may have to pay up to $1,000 in fines, give up your driver's license for 4 months, and go to jail for up to 6 months. Subsequent offenses bring even more severe charges. For example, a second offense can mean losing your license for a year, jail time, and compulsory alcohol treatment. You will also have to pay for an expensive high-risk insurance policy. More than one conviction within a 10-year period can cause you to be classified as a repeat DUI offender and subject you to harsh consequences. If this is your third offense, you may face jail time as well as a two-year license suspension and mandatory alcohol treatment.

When is a DUI a Felony in California?

While most first, second, or even third drunk driving offenses are charged as misdemeanors in California, any person who is arrested for a fourth DUI within 10 years will almost always face felony charges. Additionally, any DUI offense involving a collision resulting in serious injury or death to another person can be charged as a felony.

Penalties for a felony DUI conviction in California can include:

  • 180 days to 5 years in state prison
  • Up to $18,000 in fines and penalty assessments
  • Four-year driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory 30-month alcohol abuse treatment

Felony DUI charges are extremely serious and must be handled by a powerful legal team in order to be successfully defended against. A felony conviction can not only endanger your freedom, but it could also inflict permanent damage to your reputation and ability to find suitable employment and housing, even long after you have served your sentence. If you are facing charges for a felony DUI it is imperative you contact our firm as soon as possible to explore the available options for your defense.

Are All DUI Breath Tests Required?

When a person is pulled over for suspected DUI, the officer will likely ask them to step out of their vehicle and perform various roadside sobriety tests, some of which may involve a handheld breathalyzer test. While police may lead you to believe otherwise, any and all preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) tests are completely optional and are solely for the purposes of helping the officer determine if there is enough evidence to arrest you for DUI. It is only after you have been arrested that DUI chemical tests become mandatory.

Refusing a breath, blood, or urine test can carry the following penalties:

  • For a first offense: a one-year driver's license suspension and up to 48 hours in jail
  • For a second offense: a two-year driver's license suspension and up to 96 hours in jail
  • For a third offense: a three-year driver's license suspension and up to 10 days in jail

Can I Contest My License Suspension?

In the event that you should be arrested for DUI in California, your arresting officer will confiscate your license and issue you a 30-day temporary driving permit. When this time period expires, your license will automatically be suspended unless you successfully contest your suspension at a DMV administrative license suspension hearing. You only have 10 days after your arrest to request a DMV hearing.

Your DMV hearing will seek to address the following three questions:

  1. Did the officer have a valid reason to believe you were driving while intoxicated?
  2. Were you arrested in a lawful manner?
  3. Was your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) 0.08% or higher at the time of your arrest?

Depending on the DMV’s findings, your license suspension will either be upheld or overturned. An attorney from our firm can help you prepare for this hearing and even appear on your behalf, thereby greatly improving your chances of maintaining your driving privileges.

Call the experienced DUI attorneys at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich!

If you are facing DUI charges in the state of California, it is important that you don't try to deal with them alone. Hire a Murrieta criminal defense lawyer who can help you avoid the serious consequences of a conviction and represent your interests in an administrative hearing about your driving privileges with the DMV. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we have experience in handling DUI cases in Riverside County, including Murrieta and Temecula. We may be able to prove that your arresting officer pulled you over without probable cause or that there was an error in the chemical BAC test, potentially preventing a wrongful conviction. Don't wait: Get help today.

Call Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich for a free, no-obligation case evaluation and learn how our team of experienced legal professionals can help you fight a DUI charge.

Our firm is proud to serve clients throughout Riverside County, including Murrieta & Temecula.