First-Time DUI Defense in San Diego, CA

Wondering how you may be affected by DUI charges?

Some people mistakenly believe that their first DUI is the same as a traffic ticket. This is false. A misdemeanor DUI is serious and in addition to an automatic suspension of your driver's license, penalties can include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Drug / alcohol education or treatment

Once you have a DUI on your record, any subsequent DUI would greatly increase penalties. Even further, you can be punished if you drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in your system (even only one glass of wine), commit any additional crimes, and lose the option of refusing voluntary portable breath tests.

At Mark R. De Yoe, APLC we understand that a mistake can be made. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily have to suffer severe consequences for that mistake for years to come. Schedule a free case consultation with Attorney De Yoe to begin.

What penalties am I facing for my first DUI?

Depending on the details of your case, you can face serious penalties. For a first-time California DUI, typical penalties include:

  • Probation for three to five years
  • Short time in jail
  • Fines of over $1,000
  • License suspension for six months
  • Alcohol and drug treatments classes for up to nine months
  • Permanent criminal record

In addition to the penalties imposed by the criminal court, you may discover that the Department of Motor Vehicles has taken actions to suspend your license. When you have been arrested for DUI, you have no more than 10 days to speak with a defense attorney that can help you fight the charges you are now facing with both the criminal courts and the DMV.

Get a Top San Diego DUI Lawyer to Fight for You

It can be extremely humiliating and embarrassing to be stopped and arrested for a DUI. The justice system can be a very frightening place. Having a DUI misdemeanor on your record can damage your reputation and affect employment opportunities. If you are facing a DUI charge for the first time you want a caring and compassionate DUI attorney who is seasoned and experienced in helping people through this very challenging time.

Mark R. De Yoe, APLC is that kind of attorney. He sincerely enjoys helping people and believes in their inherent goodness. There are many attorneys in the world. Attorney De Yoe is unique in his personalized care and attention to his client's needs. He will walk you through the process and be there for you at each phase. His advice and counsel has helped many, many people prevent this kind of experience from ruining their futures.

Mark R. De Yoe, APLC has the experience and track record that you need on your side. Let him help you. Contact our firm today if you have been charged with a DUI in San Diego County!