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What Should I Do if I Get a DUI in California?

Unfortunately, people find themselves facing DUI charges relatively frequently here in the state of California. Likely, many people were charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol this Fourth of July weekend alone. That said, DUI charges here in California can have a lasting impact on a person upon conviction, and if you’re currently facing such charges, you need to read on and reach out to our experienced Tehama County DUI lawyer to learn more about the penalties you may face and how we can help fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What potential penalties will I face for a DUI in California?

If you’re charged with a first-offense DUI here in California, you’ll be subject to various penalties, including up to six months of incarceration, a $1,600 fine, a minimum six-month driver’s license suspension, and more. If you’re convicted of a second-offense DUI in California, you’ll likely face up to one year of incarceration, a $2,500 fine, an even lengthier driver’s license suspension, and more. Finally, if you’re charged with a third or subsequent DUI, you’ll face up to one year of incarceration, a three-year driver’s license suspension, a $1,800 fine, and more.

What do I need to do after being charged with a DUI in CA?

If you receive a DUI here in the state of California, the most important thing you can do is retain the services of a competent Red Bluff criminal lawyer who can help you fight your charges at every turn. With the right attorney in your corner, you have access to a wide range of potential defenses against those charges. For example, if you’re accused of driving while intoxicated, we may work to prove the following, depending on the circumstances of your case:

  • There was no probable cause
  • Field sobriety tests were improperly conducted
  • The breathalyzer test was improperly calibrated, rendering its results inadmissible in court
  • You were unlawfully stopped

The bottom line is that no matter the charges you’re facing, you’ll always be best served with a competent criminal defense attorney in your corner. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. Cohen Criminal Law is prepared to fight for you, every step of the way. You just need to pick up the phone and give us a call so we can get started working on your case.


Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.