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What Happens When You Get a DUI in Sacramento?
Driving under the influence is a common reason for arrests in Sacramento. It can be scary to see the cops driving behind you and not know what your future holds. When they stop you and accuse you of drunk driving, your life can change forever. Knowing the penalties you may face after getting charged with a DUI is important so you can create a strong defense strategy and fight your case.
A Sacramento DUI lawyer from Crowell Law Offices will support you as you work to get your charges reduced or dismissed. It’s essential to build a strong case if you want to avoid severe penalties for your DUI. The penalties you face will depend on the specific situation you were in and whether your charge was a first-time offense.
Penalties for a First-Time DUI Offense
If you are charged with a DUI in Sacramento and it’s your first-time offense, your charge will be a misdemeanor. Although a misdemeanor may not seem serious, it can result in up to 180 days of jail and up to $1,000 in fines. The court may also require you to attend a substance abuse treatment program, and the DUI will tarnish your record.
Second and Third-Time DUI Penalties
Understandably, second and third-time DUI penalties are more severe than a first-time offense. Although both offenses still result in misdemeanor charges, a second-time DUI offense can result in up to one year in jail, $1,000 in fines, and a longer substance abuse treatment program than a first-time DUI offense.
A third-time DUI offense results in the same jail time and fines as a second-time offense and a substance abuse treatment program of thirty months.
Contact a Sacramento DUI Attorney
If you get in an accident while driving drunk and injure someone, you can face felony charges, even if it’s your first DUI offense. Speaking to a Sacramento DUI lawyer from Crowell Law Offices can help you fight your case and reduce your charges. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call 916-303-2800 or fill out the contact form below.