Law Office of Ronald A. Cabanayan
Law Office of
Ronald A. Cabanayan

DUI ~ Criminal Defense ~ Immigration/Naturalization

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The impact of a California DUI conviction is substantial

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | DUI Defense

It can be a scary situation when you see the flashing blue and red lights behind you. If the officer begins to talk to you and believes you are intoxicated, the situation goes from bad to worse. 

The state of California has some of the strictest DUI laws in the United States, with even first-time offenders facing the loss of their license, significant fines and substantial jail time. If you’re convicted of a first offense, you can expect 48 hours in jail, a six-month loss of your license, a mandatory alcohol education class and around $2,000 in fines.

If you are charged with DUI, knowing the potential penalties can help you better understand the reason you should fight the charges – because there are many additional consequences beyond those listed above.

What are the other consequences of a DUI conviction?

A DUI conviction doesn’t just impact your financial situation and freedom. Even after you have paid your debt to society, the long-term consequences of a DUI can be significant. 

Without a license (which you can lose for a year or longer), you will have to rely on others to get where you need to do. This can make you burden your family and friends. If you can’t find a ride, it may be impossible to get to work, and you may lose your job. Sometimes, just the DUI conviction will cause you to lose your job and make it difficult to find new employment — particularly in the era of regular background checks.

When you have your driving rights restored, you will face higher insurance rates because insurance companies view you as more of a risk, which will increase the financial burden of a DUI conviction even more. 

Since the penalties for a DUI conviction are so severe in California, it’s important to have a strong defense. This will help you avoid the potentially serious penalties you may face. Knowing your legal rights is essential in this situation.