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.