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Providing Skilled DUI Defense in San Jose, California

As a person who has been arrested for a DUI in San Jose, California, you may feel a range of emotions, such as shame, embarrassment, guilt, and fear. You may also be concerned about the potential consequences of your actions, including fines, jail time, and a criminal record, as well as the impact on your job, family, and reputation. Additionally, you may be required to attend alcohol education classes and/or treatment, and may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

It is important to keep in mind that a DUI conviction can have long-term consequences and it is important to seek legal advice. Our San Jose DUI attorneys at Steven H. Nakano can help you navigate the process.

Facing charges for drunk driving? Call (844) 983-3011 or contact us online to request your free consultation with our proven DUI attorneys in San Jose!

What Are the Consequences of a DUI in California?

In California, the consequences for drinking and driving are very serious. Even a first-time DUI conviction can cost you your job, your independence, your reputation, and more.

That is why getting in touch with a DUI lawyer in San Jose is important to help guide you with any questions you may have.

However, the exact penalties vary depending on the nature of the offense:

  • First-time DUI - Up to 6 months in jail, a $1,000 maximum fine, and 6-month license suspension

  • Second-time DUI - Up to 1 year in jail, a $1,000 maximum fine, and 2-year license suspension

  • Third-time (and subsequent) DUI - Up to 1 year in jail, a $1,800 maximum fine, and 3-year license suspension

  • Underage DUI - California’s no-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving, and penalties vary by circumstance – but they are always severe.

  • Driving While Impaired (DWI) by Drugs - If you are charged with driving while impaired by drugs, you will be subject to the same or similar penalties as DUI. A DWI conviction also counts as a prior offense when the court is calculating the appropriate sentence.

San Jose DUI offenders may be able to obtain a restricted license, which permits travel to and from work, school, child care, etc. for a period of time.

A restricted license requires the driver to use an ignition interlock device (IID), which is a breathalyzer that attaches to the ignition system and prevents a driver from starting the car while he has alcohol in his system.

Receive your free consultation with Steven H. Nakano, a leading DUI lawyer in San Jose & surrounding areas by calling (844) 983-3011 or contacting us online today!

What Happens at an Administrative Hearing?

If you already have at least one DUI on your record, a subsequent DUI charge in San Jose will result in a temporary, 10-day right to drive, after which point your license will be suspended and you will no longer be allowed to operate a motor vehicle.

You may be able to have your driving rights restored by an administrative hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. During this hearing, you have a right to be represented by an attorney, and the officer(s) involved in your arrest will provide testimony.

In short, a successful administrative hearing can soften the blow of your pending DUI charge by restoring your right to drive.

Can you Receive Additional Penalties for DUI in CA?

Regardless of your age, level of intoxication, or the substance by which you became intoxicated, you could be on the hook for additional penalties if:

  • You had a child in the vehicle at the time of your DUI arrest.

  • You caused or were involved in an accident.

  • You were travelling at a high rate of speed.

  • You refused to undergo chemical testing when confronted and/or arrested by law enforcement.

Let Our San Jose DUI Attorney Protect Your Rights, Freedom, & Future

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in San Jose, you need a representative who can help you tackle all the challenges you are facing, legal and otherwise. A conviction can lead to fines, driver’s license suspension, and even jail time, which why having a San Jose DUI lawyer on your side can help you avoid these serious penalties.

When you call Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law, you won’t just receive strategic legal representation. Mr. Nakano works alongside a counselor to help improve each client’s life and provide connections to restorative services such as rehabilitation, substance abuse counseling, and more. He aggressively defends every client and is willing and able to go to trial when necessary, but his primary objective is to do what is in your best interest.

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