Visalia License Suspension Attorney
If you are charged and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs, you could face substantial criminal consequences. In addition to administrative driver's license suspension, you could receive probation, a jail or prison sentence, and expensive fines and fees.
Don't assume the truth will prevail. Contact a qualified lawyer today at 559-302-9507 to make sure your story is told.
The Law Office of Gregory Hagopian provides aggressive representation for DUI charges. The firm's legal team is led by attorney Hagopian, who is a former prosecutor. As a former prosecutor, he understands how district attorneys and judges handle these cases. He will evaluate your case from every angle to determine the best course of action.
Individuals convicted of misdemeanor DUI charges are automatically placed on probation. If you are convicted of a felony, you may be placed on probation depending on the situation and often the discretion of the judge. Attorney Hagopian is dedicated to minimizing his clients' penalties and consequences.
First, Second and Other DUI Penalties
Typically, a first offense is a misdemeanor, carrying a 90-day driver's license suspension and fines and fees totaling about $2,000. Additionally, you are required to attend a three-month DUI class to get your driver's license reinstated. A second offense requires a nine-month DUI class, and any subsequent charges require an 18-month DUI class to get your driver's license reinstated.
State law dictates that your fourth offense is a mandatory felony charge, which has stricter jail and prison sentencing guidelines. Once you are convicted of a felony crime, all other charges are mandatory felonies, even your first DUI charge.
Misdemeanor convictions typically carry less than 30 days of jail. You may be eligible for a work release program such as house arrest using an electronic monitor or a sheriff's department workforce. Felony convictions include incarceration for more than one year and collateral consequences that include losing your right to possess a firearm or having trouble getting a job, a loan, a mortgage or an apartment. Whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, you will be required by law to have an ignition interlock device put in your vehicle, at your own cost.
Aggravated DUI Charges
In California, specific circumstances can aggravate your DUI charge, which can create additional penalties. The Law Office of Gregory Hagopian has experience providing defense representation in the following situations:
Blood alcohol content above .15. This includes a special allegation charge which adds more jail time.
Minors in the car. If you are charged with DUI and minors were in the car, you could receive 10 additional days of incarceration.
Drunk driving accidents. If you strike a person, you will be charged with a felony. If you crash into an object and cause damage, you will receive a special misdemeanor allegation charge.
Hit-and-run accidents. These accidents have a special classification based on if you hit a person (felony) or property (misdemeanor).
Killing a person. If your accident contributes to the death of another person, you could face manslaughter or gross vehicular manslaughter charges. These felony charges carry increased penalties.
To discuss your situation with a qualified DUI lawyer, call the firm's Visalia office at 559-302-9507 to arrange a free consultation, or you may send an e-mail.