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DUI Lawyer in Salinas

Nearly Three Decades of Criminal Defense Experience

Have you been charged with DUI? The consequences can be serious and may even impact employment. The best thing you can do for your case is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At Law Office of John Klopfenstein, our Salinas DUI attorney has handled hundreds of DUI cases for clients, both as a former public defender and in solo practice.

Please call (831) 265-5551 to get advice about your case in a free consultation.

DUI Charges in California

Blood alcohol content (BAC) is used to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. Each state has set a legal limit for blood alcohol content. If you are above the legal limit, you may be charged with DUI. In California, the legal limit for BAC depends on the age of the driver and whether you are driving your personal vehicle or employed as a commercial driver.

In California, you can be charged with DUI for a BAC of:

  • 0.08% or higher for drivers over the age of 21

  • 0.04% or higher for commercial drivers

  • 0.01% for drivers under the age of 21

In addition, drivers in California can be prosecuted for driving while under the influence of drugs, such as all illegal drugs and certain over-the-counter and prescription medications that are known to impair an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Whether you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need a skilled DUI lawyer in Salinas to represent you.

Notify the DMV

For many people, the driver’s license suspension is the most difficult part of a DUI conviction. The length of a license suspension varies, depending on the number of prior offenses. At the time of your arrest, you are given a pink slip of paper that will allow you to drive for 30 days. After you are arrested for DUI, you must notify the DMV within 10 days of your arrest or you will lose your driver’s license.

This notice gives you the opportunity to request a DMV Admin Per Se hearing to contest the suspension. During the hearing, our DUI attorney in Salinas will present arguments regarding errors and insufficiencies in the documents to attempt to get your license reinstated. Another option is to request a restricted license for work or school.

Penalties for a DUI Conviction

Even a first conviction can carry harsh penalties, including up to six months in jail, up to $2,000 in fines, and a license suspension of up to a year. DUI convictions stay on your record for 10 years, and the penalties increase with subsequent convictions. In addition, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle when you are able to drive again.

An ignition interlock device may need to be installed for:

  • Six months for the first DUI conviction

  • One year for the second offense

  • Two years for a third conviction

  • Three years for fourth and subsequent offenses

The best strategy for your defense depends on a variety of factors and the circumstances of your arrest. During your initial consultation Attorney John Klopfenstein will review your case, listen to your side of the story, and recommend the most effective way to proceed in your situation.

Give our Salinas DUI defense attorney a call today at (831) 265-5551 to discuss your situation.

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