Attorney Ryan Okabe goes over the various penalties for DUI.
We have worried clients call us all the time and ask us what they are looking at punishment-wise when it comes to a driving under the influence charge. On a standard, first-time DUI in the state of California, it’s possible that you could be looking at up to six months in jail. Although this is possible, this maximum penalty for a first-time misdemeanor DUI is not likely. The way we evaluate each case is by learning first whether the case is going to be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. In most cases, the charges that end up being felony DUIs involve drivers with prior DUI convictions or DUIs that cause traffic accidents. The best advice we can give you if arrested and charged with a DUI is to contact a San Francisco criminal defense lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter as soon as possible.