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Russell Brown knows DUI defenses and penalties and will contest your case at every phase of the prosecution. His mission is to have your case dismissed or reduce the punishment.
The punishments for a DUI include loss of driver's license, over $1,500 in fines, 3 years of probation, a mark on your DMV and criminal records, at least 3 months of classes, and fees for classes.
Penalties may also include jail time, continuous alcohol monitoring (SCRAM), installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, impoundment of your vehicle, and community service. You will likely be required to abstain from alcohol and to obtain an SR-22 insurance policy.
The severity of the punishment depends on the facts of your case, including Blood Alcohol Content % (BAC), prior DUI convictions, whether an accident, injury, or fatality occurred, and whether you ran from the scene of the accident.
Loss of Driver's License
In California, law enforcement officers may take your license if they suspect you are driving under the influence. Your license will be suspended if you fail to contact the DMV within 10 days to schedule a hearing.
Prescription Drug DUI
There is no red line for prescription drug impairment, unlike like the .08% BAC cut-off for alcohol. Therefore, you could be convicted of DUI with any amount of prescription drugs in your blood. Having a valid prescription and using the prescribed dosage are not a defense to a drug-related DUI.
Although recreational marijuana is now legal in California, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Drivers who fail sobriety tests and are in possession of marijuana are often arrested for DUI and requested to submit to a drug test. A person who regularly uses marijuana, or used it within a few days of driving, will likely test positive and be charged with driving under the influence.