Santa Barbara First-Time DUI Lawyers

First-Time DUI? We Can Fight Your Charges!

There might be a misconception about DUI’s, namely that anyone who faces charges for the first time may face more lenient charges just because he or she does not have a criminal history. Unfortunately, that misconception is far from true. Whether it is a first-time DUI offense or subsequent, the charges one could face are incredible and costly.

You do not have to face justice system on your own—we can help you! Be sure to contact Appel & Morse today to learn more about your options for defense.

What Are the Penalties for a First DUI?

There are mandatory minimum punishments for a first-time DUI, regardless of whether or not you have maintained a clean record or not. The impact even one DUI can have on your life and can leave a negative impact on your prospects in the future. This is one of the reasons it is so critical to have a Santa Barbara DUI attorney take action and protect yourself if you are facing charges.

The penalties for a first-time DUI might include the following:

  • Jail: 4 days and up to 6 months
  • Fine: $390 and up to $1, 000
  • License suspension for at least 4 months
  • Mandatory installation of Ignition Interlock Device (to reinstate your license)

As California makes DUI laws stricter, it calls for law enforcement to be strict as well, and more present in areas where drunk driving might occur. The courts might issue other penalties instead of or in addition to the ones listed above. These might include probation or participation in a drug or alcohol counseling program. You have the right to fight against your DUI charges, especially if you know that the circumstances surrounding your arrest may be a particularly challenging case.

We Keep You Informed Every Step of the Way

With so many factors to consider surrounding your DUI case, Appel & Morse can sit down with you what options you might have and what you can expect, depending on your situation. You are fortunate, as many defenses can be raised in a first DUI case. All you need now are seasoned Santa Barbara DUI lawyers to handle the case for you and fight on your behalf.

Get in touch with Appel & Morse today and request a free review of your case.