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First DUI vs. Second DUI in California

Posted by Vitaly Sigal | Jun 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Getting a DUI in California can cause serious consequences, but becoming a repeat offender can have even worse ramifications. If you or someone you know has been arrested for their first or second DUI, they need a strong defense. Contact Sigal Law Group today for a free consultation.

What is a DUI?

In California, a person driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher can be arrested for driving under the influence. When this happens, they could receive a number of different penalties and fines, depending on whether this is their first offense or if they are a repeat offender.

For instance, a person who is accused of a DUI for the first time will likely be charged with a misdemeanor crime and face up to 6 months in jail. However, the penalties escalate significantly for a second DUI offense, including up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $2,000, and 3 to 5 years of misdemeanor probation, as well as 2nd Offender DUI School and the installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for one year.

Typically, sentences will be increased if the defendant's blood alcohol content is 0.15% or higher, they caused an accident with their drunk driving, or they were under the age of 21 at the time. The sentence can also be increased if there was a child under the age of 14 in the car at the time, the defendant was driving over the speed limit, or the defendant refused to have a chemical test done.

How to Fight a 2nd Time DUI Charge

While it may seem like fighting a second DUI charge is impossible, it can be done, especially with the right team. The criminal attorneys at Sigal Law Group will review your case and begin collecting and analyzing any available evidence to create a strategic defense that is sure to get the best possible result. Contact our office today or call us at (818) 325-0570 to learn more about how our attorneys can help.

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Vitaly Sigal

Vitaly Sigal Sigal Law Group Owner 355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450 Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 620-0212 Vitaly Sigal has extensive trial experience and is not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary. From straightforward to complex litigation, Mr. Sigal handles every case with the same i...


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