First-Time DUI Arrest in California? What You Can Expect

On behalf of The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson posted in DUI on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Most people don’t usually predict getting a DUI or facing a drunk driving charge, but it happens when least expected, and to all different types of people. So, all drivers should understand that the consequences of a California DUI-both short-term and long-term-can be serious.

Drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be pulled over-and not just for erratic driving. According to the Auburn Journal, Police officers pull over cars when they see signs of possible DUI like driving too fast or too slowly, or driving with no headlights or high-beam headlights.

If pulled over, drivers will most likely be asked by the police officer to take a field sobriety test. A field sobriety test in California, however, is not mandatory but if drivers refuse, then the officer can, under the law, force a blood or breath test.

Drivers arrested for DUI may be required to post bail in order to get out of custody. At the arraignment, the defendant can choose whether to plead guilty or not guilty. The defendant’s attorney may negotiate with the prosecutor to work out a plea deal.

The punishments for a first-time California DUI can include:

  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • DUI school

Additional consequences of a drunk-driving conviction or plea include:

It’s important to note that no one is immune from a DUI charge. Many types of people have been charged with driving under the influence in California. Contacting an experienced DUI lawyer when faced with DUI charges is recommended.

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