A guilty plea or conviction for DUI can stay on your record for life. A prior conviction for DUI can add to the severity of a DUI for up to 10 years in California. The government, future employers, landlords and lenders may be able to see a prior conviction if they run a background check.
Such a conviction or plea will cause your auto insurance premiums to rise significantly. You may even be required to install a breath devise in your vehicle. If you have a commercial driver's license, you could lose your job. Don't go to court without an experienced DUI Attorney.
The penalties for a first time DUI in California may include:
- 180 Days in Jail
- License Revocation
- Up to $2,000 fine, plus fees
- Being placed on probation
The penalties for additional DUIs increase the severity of each term. High Blood Alcohol (.15 or higher) and test refusals, in conjunction with a conviction may also increases the jail time.
You are entitled to a jury trial for a DUI. I have extensive experience taking cases to juries and I am very comfortable in front of a judge and jury at trial. I can defend you against DUI charges by examining the arrest record, and the conditions and results of the Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzer results. In many cases I may be able to argue for the suppression of evidence or the dismissal of charges or enhancements.
If a police officer stops you and gives you a ticket that will post points on your license, I can represent you in court. I carry the same level of representation in traffic court. If you are ticketed, you may be tempted to just pay the fine, but this is the equivalent to pleading guilty. Depending on the allegations, you may get additional points on your driver's license or may even have your license suspended. You can choose to fight the charges with a lawyer and protect your license. I am a criminal defense attorney. I represent residents and visitors to Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties.
"I am very pleased with the outcome of my representation by Mr. Parish. He actively sought a dismissal by motion that was successful prior to going to trial, saving me time, anxiety and money. He was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the case, used his prior experience as a prosecutor to advantage when examining the legality of police and DA actions and kept me informed throughout pre-trial matters. Mr. Parish offers excellent representation at a reasonable price. Professional service all the way."