First Time DUI Offense: What A DUI Suspect Can Expect

If you have been charged with your first DUI in San Bernardino or Riverside County, contact an experienced DUI attorney to review the facts of your case before pleading guilty in court. An experienced attorney will understand the criminal process and can use their knowledge to protect your legal rights and driving privileges.

Despite the public distrust of drunk drivers and recognition of dangers posed by people under the influence, first time DUI offenders will not always be given jail time if convicted in court. Aside from jail time (up to 180 days) however, a DUI conviction could have other serious ramifications, including:

  • Suspension of driving privileges up to 4 months (longer if chemical test was refused)
  • Up to nine months of court-mandated alcohol classes
  • Fees of up to $5,000
  • Up to five years of probation


On top of suffering with the court-assessed penalties, those found guilty of DUI could be affected socially, educationally and career-wise. Damage to one’s reputation is also a possibility.

How Might An Experienced DUI Law Firm Can Help

By hiring an attorney familiar with the DUI process and the local court system, a defendant can have peace of mind knowing that their lawyer will review all pertinent evidence in their case, including any police protocol regarding chemical testing to ensure the validity and reliability of the results. An experienced lawyer can help flesh out the best defense to the case and position you strongly for courtroom negotiations with the prosecution.

Fight Your San Bernardino or Riverside County DUI

Anytime a person is facing his or her first DUI offense, they should contact a DUI attorney with plenty of experience with local courthouses and prosecutors to ensure they are treated fairly and obtain a favorable result.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Client charged with DUI after witness called into 911 reporting drunk driver who crashed in a residential neighborhood. Negotiated a reckless driving plea for client and also successfully stopped the license suspension by by winning the DMV hearing. (People v. Elysse F.)

Client faced felony DUI charges after getting into car accident while intoxicated. Faced up to 3 years in prison, and an additional 3 years for great bodily injury enhancement. Negotiated misdemeanor deal without any jail or  community service and avoided the 1 year license suspension. (People v. Sherrie D.)

First time DUI charge dismissed against driver stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence. Negotiated dry reckless for client prior to trial. (People v. Derrick J.)

Felony charges for DUI against client for a t- bone collision in intersection. Defendant ran from the scene and charged with hit and run. Previous attorney had negotiated felony plea with credit for time served. Took over representation and negotiated misdemeanor sentence without jail time or community service when trial date was set. (People v. Dennis A.)

Client stopped for DUI after officer allegedly saw vehicle commit Vehicle Code violations. Client’s blood alcohol pattern (rising blood) provided a defense and DUI dismissed, with client admitting dry reckless charge. (People v. Michael T.)