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Will I Go to Jail for a First-Offense DUI in California?

Few things are worse than being arrested and charged with a DUI. Unfortunately, people are accused of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol virtually every single day here in the state of California. If you’ve been accused of driving while under the influence, you may wonder what potential penalties you may face. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Tehama County first DUI lawyer to learn more about the penalties you may face for a first-offense DUI, whether you may go to jail, and how our legal team can protect you at every turn. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I go to jail if I’m convicted of a first-offense DUI in California?

Unfortunately, you can. In fact, if you’re accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol, even if it is only your first offense, you will likely face anywhere between 48 hours and six months in county jail. Rather obviously, this can have a significant impact on your life, career, and your ability to drive (as first-offense DUIs typically also come with a six-month driver’s license suspension). Additional penalties you may face for a first-offense DUI in California can include a three-year probation sentence, a $1,600 fine, mandatory participation in DUI school, and more.

What should I do if I’m charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol?

If you are accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol, the single most important thing you can do is retain the services of a dedicated California criminal defense lawyer who can fight your charges, every step of the way. Without a lawyer, you will likely face the harshest penalties possible. With a lawyer who can craft a strong defense on your behalf, however, you stand a far greater chance of having the penalties for your DUI mitigated, or, in the based cases, dropped altogether.

Cohen Criminal Law has fought for those charged with DUI in the state of California for over three decades, and we are prepared to fight for you as well. With so much on the line, you shouldn’t hire just any attorney to represent you; you need a steadfast legal advocate who can truly fight for the best outcome possible on your behalf. Fortunately, you are in the right place. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated Red Bluff criminal defense firm.