A California DUI is broken into two separate charges the first is violation of Vehicle Code section 23152 (a) driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and the second is violation of Vehicle Code section 23152 (b) driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. These charges are very serious and can result in the loss of your license or even jail time.
This California DUI Guide provides general information regarding what to do if you receive a DUI and how to contact a qualified California DUI Defense Attorney . No matter what the circumstances of your drunk driving case it is strongly recommended that you contact a criminal defense lawyer that is knowledgeable in driving under the influence cases and is local to the area where your DUI case will be heard.
The most important thing to remember about a California DUI case is that there are two distinct hearings that arise following an arrest. The first is a criminal court case. The criminal phase of your California DUI can result in up to a year of jail time if it is a misdemeanor and state prison time if you are convicted of a felony. In addition you will likely have to complete an alcohol program and pay hefty fines to the courts. The second portion of a California DUI case is through the Department of Motor Vehicles. This hearing is based solely off of the arrest and can result in a lengthy license suspension.