Long Beach DUI Defense Attorneys
In California, driving with a BAC, or blood alcohol content of .08 or higher is against the law. If arrested, you could be charged with a criminal offense resulting in harsh penalties if convicted. Driving under the influence is a crime that is punished much more harshly today than it was a decade or two ago. You will not get away with a small fine and slap on the wrist; in fact, you may face jail time, fines, driver's license suspension, community service, and more. If you have been charged with drunk driving, it is critical that you contact the Long Beach DUI lawyers at The Justice Firm immediately.
Regardless of whether it is a first, second, or third drunk driving offense, it is vital that you seek capable legal counsel. Repercussions of a DUI conviction can be life-changing, particularly if you hold a professional license; you will have a criminal record if convicted. This will impact many areas of your life. Do not answer questions posed by police or anyone else without first consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney.Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Long Beach
A first DUI is serious, but a second or subsequent drunk driving conviction will leave you facing increased penalties and possibly loss of your freedom. Not only is jail time a possibility, you will lose your driving privilege, possibly face higher insurance rates or even cancellation of your auto insurance policy, and more. A third DUI conviction will result in a minimum of 120 days in jail. In the event someone is injured or even killed as a result of your actions, you could face years in prison if convicted. In addition to criminal penalties, injured victims may decide to file a claim against you, or surviving family members of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim.
If convicted of a first offense DUI (misdemeanor), you will face informal probation for three to five years, a maximum of six months in jail, fines of up to $1,000, driver's license suspension for six to ten months, and the requirement to attend a court-approved alcohol or drub education program. The consequences only become more severe for those found guilty of second or subsequent offense.Contact The Justice Firm Immediately
As you can see, drunk driving is a very serious matter. However, if you are arrested or charged it does not mean you will be convicted. Our firm works vigorously in these types of cases, challenging the evidence, whether police had reasonable suspicion to pull you over, the accuracy of blood/breath tests, and more. You must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; we work diligently to prevent this outcome. Call our Long Beach drunk driving lawyers now at 310-914-2444 for outstanding legal guidance and representation.