Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence is one of the most common criminal charges. It is not uncommon for a person without any criminal or driving violation history to be faced with a DUI. While most people generally know what a DUI is, when facing charges court most people are unprepared. At the law firm of Bonilla & Cintean, LLP we believe that information if power. Because of that, we have prepared several DUI related information pages. While we try to provide a wealth of information, this should not replace speaking with a DUI lawyer.

Possible consequences of a DUI charge include:

  • Monetary fines in the range of $2,500 for the first violation
  • As much as 3 to 10 days in jail for a first offense, longer sentences for second, third and subsequent violations
  • Driver’s license suspension ordered by the court and DMV
  • Points on driving record
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Drug and Alcohol treatment program paid by offender
  • Informal Probation of up to 3 years for a first DUI offense, longer for subsequent violations

An administrative hearing and a stay on the suspension should be requested from DMV within 10 days of a DUI arrest. This will help you avoid an unnecessarily long license suspension. This is one of the reasons why you should contact an attorney at your earliest opportunity.

Each person charged with a DUI may be presented with choices as to a DUI defense. These choices will depend on the particular facts surrounding the arrest. A consultation with an experienced DUI attorney can help guide you through a complex DUI case and criminal system.

A DUI lawyer can also appear in court for you so that you do not have to miss work or even return to the county in which the arrest occurred. In most misdemeanor cases, a DUI lawyer can appear on your behalf in most stages of the proceedings.

Our DUI Case Overview page provides a more in depth look at some of the possibilities and complexities of a DUI case.

Our DUI Definitions page references the law on many common sense and obscure DUI related terms.