Representing the Criminally Accused in Kern County
In California, you can be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. If this is the first time you’ve been charged with DUI or this is your first DUI in the past ten years, you need a Bakersfield first-time DUI lawyer who can represent you every step of the way. Do not fight your DUI alone. Call our experienced legal team at Koenig Law Office for a lawyer who can help you protect your rights.
What Happens after a DUI Arrest?
If you were lawfully arrested for a first offense DUI in Bakersfield, your license will be confiscated, and you will be issued a temporary license and an Order of Suspension/Revocation. This temporary license is valid for 30 days from the day it is issued while the Order of Suspension/Revocation goes into effect once the temporary license expires. If you want to fight your license suspension, you have 10 calendar days to request a DMV hearing.
Chemical Testing Requirements & Restricted Licenses
Even if your chemical test showed a BAC over .08, you may still be eligible for a restricted license after the initial suspension occurs. A restricted license allows you to drive to and from work or a DUI education program — that’s it. To obtain this restricted license, you must enroll in a DUI program, provide proof of insurance (an SR-22), and pay a reissue license fee.
If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, your license is automatically suspended for one year upon the expiration of your temporary license, no matter the outcome of your criminal case. If the DMV finds you refused the chemical test, you will not be eligible for a restricted license.
Penalties of a Conviction
A first offense DUI in Bakersfield is considered a misdemeanor with fines and other penalties assessed on a case-by-case basis. If convicted as a first-time offender, you will likely be placed on probation. Some probation requirements include not driving with any alcohol in your system, submitting to roadside alcohol testing at any time, and refraining from further violations of the law aside from traffic violations.
Other penalties could include:
- License suspension
- Possible jail time
- Community service
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Although these penalties seem harsh, your experienced attorney at Koenig Law Office can negotiate these items and set you up for success. California DUI laws are very complicated. As such, it is important to speak to a Bakersfield first offense DUI attorney right away. Call Koenig Law Office to get nearly a decade of DUI defense experience and an ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist on your side.
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