Walnut Creek DUI Lawyer
Contra Costa County DUI Attorney
A DUI can happen to anyone at the worst possible time. It seems so normal for many people to have a couple beers and then hop in their car and drive. Before you know it there is a police officer pulling you over, asking you to do Field Sobriety Tests, and arresting you for DUI. It happens in the blink of an eye and can be one of the scariest times in your life. At Thomas Daly Law, A Professional Corporation, our Walnut Creek DUI lawyer, we understand the stakes in these cases for our clients and do everything we can to minimize the impact of these DUI charges in Contra Costa County.
Accused for drunk driving? Time is of the essence. Start exploring your options with our Walnut Creek DUI attorneys today!
DUI Penalties in California
The consequences of for a DUI conviction include jail time, fines, license suspension, DUI educational classes, and possibly the required installation of an ignition interlock device. The penalties for a DUI vary depending on whether it is a first offense or a multiple offense. A conviction for DUI will remain on your record for 10 years. In California, drunk driving penalties include:
1st Offense DUI
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Between $390 to $1,000 in fines
- Lincese suspension for 6 months
- Installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for up to 6 months
2nd Offense DUI
- Between 96 hours to 1 year in jail
- Between $390 to $1,000 in fines
- License suspension for 2 years
- IID installation for 1 year
3rd Offense DUI
- Between 120 days to 1 year in jail
- Up to $1,800 in fines
- License suspension for 3 years
- IID installation for 2 years
California DUI with Injury
California is cracking down on DUI offenders and if there was an injury involved in your accident while driving drunk or under the influence of drugs, the consequences may be high, you could be facing fines and jail time. If you were arrested for a DUI that caused injuries, you may be facing:
- A felony DUI conviction
- 1 to 4 years in jail or prison
- A strike on your driving record
- A 5 year suspension of your license
- A mandatory 18 to 30 month sobriety course
Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUI Charges
Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors. If this is your first, second, or even third offense then your case is most likely filed as a misdemeanor. There are, however, some circumstances in which drunk driving will be considered a felony in the state of California—exposing the accused to serious consequences.
When Is DUI a Felony?
In California, there are three circumstances in which drunk driving can be considered a felony. These are instances in which lawmakers believe that the accused has demonstrated that they are a significant threat to themselves and others.
Drunk driving can be considered a DUI when:
- It is the accused's fourth (or subsequent) drunk driving charge
- It is believed that the accused was responsible for a dangerous collision
- It is determined that the accused has a prior felony DUI conviction
Felony DUIs can carry severe consequences including prison time. The maximum penalty for a typical felony DUI is a prison sentence of 3 years. Most times, however, our clients will not serve any actual prison time. Thanks to sentencing laws and Attorney Daly's application of them to his cases most clients serve, at most: jail time and a probation period.
Penalties for Multiple DUIs
California has created much stricter drunk driving laws in recent years due to the large number of annual arrests. You need a Walnut Creek DUI lawyer who will put your best interests first and prioritize your case. Thomas Daly will fight for you.
Consequences of Multiple DUI Offenses
If you have multiple DUI charges in California, you may be facing:
Loss of driving privileges
Thousands of dollars in fines
Mandatory community service
High insurance premiums
The loss of your job
DUI Lawyer Contra Costa County & Walnut Creek
If you are arrested for a DUI in California you will probably be released without posting bail. If there are other circumstances which don’t allow for your release then you will either be able to post bail or you will be taken to court for your arraignment.
At Thomas Daly Law, A Professional Corporation our Walnut Creek & Contra Costa County DUI attorney routinely assist clients who are being held in jail. If you have a family member or friend in jail who wants assistance quickly call our firm for help. Attorney Daly will instantly get to work to have your family member or friend bailed out, if possible.
If you’re out of jail, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. DUI Lawyer, Thomas Daly, can help you through the DMV and court processes for an affordable rate. Thomas has extensive experience with DUI cases and understands the many ways there are to defend these cases—including knowing what is and is not poor driving, ways the Field Sobriety Tests can be attacked, and ways the breathalyzer or blood test can be scrutinized.
You only have ten days to protect your driver’s license from automatic suspension. Act now — contact our firm today to request a FREE case evaluation with our Walnut Creek DUI lawyer.