First-Time DUI

Bakersfield First-Time DUI Lawyer

Defending Clients Charged With Their First DUI in Kern County 

Motorists who are arrested for drunk driving in the state of California can face severe penalties, even for a first-time offense. Police officers can show that you are under the influence of alcohol through a sobriety test or chemical test. 

However, no matter how serious your case may be, our seasoned California first offense DUI attorney can defend you. At Middlebrook & Associates, we make it a priority to fight tirelessly fight your first-time DUI charge to try and minimize the damage it can have on you and your future. 

Call Middlebrook & Associates today at (661) 874-1325 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our first-time DUI attorney in Bakersfield!

DUI Laws in California

Understanding the DUI laws in California is crucial for anyone facing a first-time DUI charge. In the state, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. However, for drivers under the age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can lead to DUI charges. Additionally, California has an implied consent law, meaning that drivers automatically consent to a chemical test for alcohol or drugs if lawfully arrested for DUI.

California's DUI laws are stringent, and law enforcement is vigilant in enforcing them. At Middlebrook & Associates, we stay abreast of the latest legal developments to provide you with the most effective defense tailored to your unique situation.

What are the Penalties for a First-Time DUI in California?

If you are convicted of your first DUI charge in California, several penalties will be imposed.

For just your first offense, you could face:

  • Between $1400 and $2600 in fines
  • 30-day to 10-month license suspension
  • Probation
  • 30-hour First Offense Alcohol Program
  • A DUI will remain on your record for 10 years and be relevant for sentencing.
  • Underage DUI

Strict drunk driving laws exist for drivers who are under the age of 21. Individuals in these categories can be charged with an underage DUI with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.01%. As for drivers under the age of 18, a "no tolerance" law exists.

With California's implied consent law, drivers who refuse to submit to a chemical test are subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. A one-year driver's license suspension can be imposed for a first offense of refusing to submit.

How Likely is Jail Time for a First-Time DUI in California?

The likelihood of jail time for a first DUI offense in California depends on several factors, including the specific circumstances of the DUI offense and the judge's discretion. In California, a first DUI offense is typically charged as a misdemeanor, and the penalties can include fines, license suspension, probation, and mandatory participation in a DUI education program. Jail time is practically mandatory for people convicted of a DUI. Even if it is your first offense and no one was injured, a judge can sentence you to six months in jail.

Defenses Against First-Time DUI Charges

At Middlebrook & Associates, we understand that each DUI case is unique, and we approach the defense with a tailored strategy. Some common defenses against first DUI charges include:

  • Improper Stop or Arrest: If law enforcement lacked sufficient probable cause for your stop or arrest, this could be a pivotal factor in constructing a robust defense.
  • Faulty Breathalyzer or Blood Test: A common defense strategy is challenging the chemical tests' accuracy. Our team will thoroughly examine the procedures followed during testing to identify any potential errors or inconsistencies.
  • Rising Blood Alcohol Content (BAC): We might assert that your BAC was below the legal limit when you were driving, and it only exceeded the unlawful threshold by the time the chemical test was administered.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain health conditions or medications can affect the results of a DUI test. Our attorneys will explore whether such factors played a role in your case.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If evidence was acquired through an unlawful search and seizure, there may be grounds to have that evidence excluded, significantly affecting the prosecution's case.

Contact Our Bakersfield First-Time DUI Attorney Today

Facing a first-time DUI charge in Bakersfield demands the expertise of seasoned legal professionals. Middlebrook & Associates is here to provide you with a robust defense, leveraging our extensive experience in DUI law. Our commitment is to protect your rights, minimize the impact of the charges on your life, and seek the best possible resolution for your case. 

Contact Middlebrook & Associates today to schedule a meeting with our first-time DUI lawyer in Bakersfield!

Why Choose Middlebrook & Associates?

  • 38 Years of Collective Legal Experience
  • Over 250 DUI Trials Handled - With a 97.4% Success Rate
  • Handled More Than 8,500 DMV Hearings in Kern County
  • Expert Member of California DUI Lawyers Association
  • ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer - Scientist Designation
  • AV Rated by - Leading Authority on Attorney Ratings
  • Teaches Lawyers & Scientists - DUIDLA, American Academy of Forensic Science & American Chemical Society
  • Founding & Board Member - DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in America - DUI Defense

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