1st Offense DUI Defense in Bakersfield California
In California, you can be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) if you drive with a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. This is known as a per se DUI. If you’ve been charged with a 1st offense DUI, meaning that you haven’t had a DUI in the past ten years, you need a DUI defense lawyer to represent you every step of the legal process. You should never fight a California DUI offense alone. Our experienced legal team at Koenig Law Office understands all California DUI laws and can uphold them in all legal proceedings.
What Happens After a DUI Arrest
If you were lawfully arrested for a first offense DUI in Bakersfield, your license will be confiscated and you will be issued a temporary license and an Order of Suspension/Revocation. This temporary license is valid for 30 days from the day it is issued while the Order of Suspension/Revocation goes into effect when the temporary license expires. If you want to fight your license suspension, you have ten calendar days from the day you receive it to request a DMV hearing. During this DMV hearing, your 1st offense DUI defense lawyer in Bakersfield can represent you the way you deserve.
Chemical Testing Requirements & Restricted Licenses
If your chemical test showed a BAC over .08, you may be eligible for a restricted license after the initial suspension occurs. A restricted license allows you to drive to and from work or a DUI education program – that’s it. To obtain this restricted license, you must enroll in a DUI program, provide proof of insurance (an SR-22), and pay a reissue license fee.
If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, then your license is automatically suspended for one year upon the expiration of your temporary license as outlined in California’s implied consent laws. This suspension will go into effect despite the outcome of your criminal case. If the DMV finds you refused the chemical test, then you will not be eligible for a restricted license.
Penalties for 1st Offense DUI in Bakersfield
Generally, a first offense DUI in Bakersfield is considered a misdemeanor with fines and other penalties assessed on a case-by-case basis. If convicted as a first-time offender, you will likely also be placed on probation. Some probation requirements include not driving with any alcohol in your system, submitting to roadside alcohol testing at any time, and refraining from further violations of the law aside from traffic violations. A license suspension, possible jail time, hefty fines and community service may also be given to first-time offenders convicted of a DUI in California. Although these penalties seem harsh, your experienced attorney at Koenig Law Office can negotiate these items and set you up for success.
CALL TO SCHEDULE A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION TODAY
California DUI laws are very complicated. As such, it is important to speak to a 1st offense DUI defense lawyer immediately after being arrested. At Koenig Law Office, we have years of experience with DUIs in Bakersfield.
To schedule a legal consultation, call (661) 706-8555 today.