If you are facing charges for driving under the influence in Los Angeles, Vadgama Law is here to help. Our seasoned legal team has helped many clients successfully confront DUI charges, and we are available to assist you as well. We are passionate about protecting your rights and freedom and mitigating the penalties that you face.
Types of DUI Charges
We have the experience and ability to handle all types of DUI cases, including:
- Underage DUI
- DUI with child passengers
- DUI and CDL licenses
- High blood alcohol level DUI
- Chemical test refusals
- Drugged driving
- DMV license suspension hearings
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits
In California, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A person is considered too intoxicated to drive when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level exceeds a certain threshold. The level varies based on the specific circumstances of each driver.
The current BAC limits in California include:
- 0.08% for persons 21 and older
- 0.01% for persons younger than 21
- 0.01% for persons of any age on DUI probation
- 0.04% in any vehicle requiring a CDL – whether or not the driver has a CDL
- 0.04% when a passenger for hire is in the vehicle
What are the Penalties for DUI in Los Angeles?
If convicted of DUI in California, you could face a range of penalties, depending on the circumstances of your case. The maximum and minimum sentencing a judge may order is set by statute and varies based on the number of previous DUI convictions a defendant has. DUI convictions typically count as prior convictions for 10 years.
The penalties for DUI include:
- First-offense DUI – $390 to $1,000 in fines, 48 hours to 6 months in jail, and a 6-month license suspension from the criminal court
- Second-offense DUI – $390 to $1,000 in fines, 96 hours to 1 year in jail, and a 2-year license suspension from the criminal court
- Third-offense DUI – $390 to $1,000 in fines, 120 days to 1 year in jail, and a 3-year license suspension from the criminal court
What are Aggravating Factors for DUI?
Certain aggravating factors can elevate a DUI to a felony. Felony DUIs are punished much more severely than misdemeanor DUIs. For example:
- a DUI involving injuries can be charged as a felony, resulting in fines of up to $5,000 and 16 months to 4 years in prison.
- Drivers who have a felony DUI conviction within the past 10 years can be charged with a felony for a new offense, even if that offense didn’t involve any aggravating factors.
Customized DUI Defense Strategies
At Vadgama Law, we work hard to create effective cases for each of our clients. Through careful investigation of police reports, law enforcement procedures, and field sobriety and chemical test results, we can develop a strategy that is well suited to your particular case.
Our Los Angeles DUI attorneys are available 24/7 to provide the legal aid you need. Call (562) 414-6688 now for a free consultation.
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