Willful operation of a vehicle while being under the influence of a drug or alcoholic beverage. Generally charged as a misdemeanor, but with enough priors, or if the DUI results in an injury, DUI can become a felony.
The penalties for even a first time DUI can be quite severe. These penalties include jail time, probation, fines that can exceed $2,000.00, loss of ones drivers license, three to nine month long drunk driving courses, mandatory DUI education classes, increased insurance rates, and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. There are also additional penalties at the hands of the DMV.
DUI/DWI charges can greatly impact the life of those accused of this crime. The key to defending yourself against a charge for DUI is hiring an experienced attorney who understands DUI cases. The Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman has handled hundreds of DUI cases around the Bay Area.
If you or any of your family members or friends have been charged with a DUI, don’t take the chance with your freedom and driving privileges. Also, if you are arrested for a DUI, you only have 10 days to request a hearing at the DMV, or your license will be suspended, so time is critical. The Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman have successfully defended many DUI cases, have access to top notch experts and investigators who can turn the tide of a difficult case. If you have been charged with a DUI call the Law Offices of Benjamin Zicherman immediately for your free consultation.