Driving Under The Influence (DUI)2020-08-19T23:23:57+00:00



A drunk driving conviction can have a devastating impact on your future. The criminal penalties and sentencing are costly, even for a first offense. Penalties for a first-offense DUI in California include:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • A maximum of six months in county jail
  • Up to 10 months of driver’s license revocation

Repeat DUI convictions increase the severity of your penalties, leading to years of driver’s license revocation and increased time in county jail. You will need a strong line of defense against a DUI allegation, whether it is your first time or a repeat offense. At the Law Offices of Kathleen G. Alvarado, we have decades of criminal defense experience and will help you mitigate charges.

We will help you determine the best defense strategy for the circumstances of your arrest. We always work to have your charges dismissed, but will offer an honest outlook if a different option will work better for your case. We will give you an indication of the possible jail time or if we can opt for alternative penalties such as house arrest, work release or a reduced charge of “wet reckless.” A “wet reckless” charge includes shorter jail time, reduced fines and allows you to keep your driving privileges. As experienced trial attorneys, we are prepared to fight for your rights in court when it benefits your interests.


The DMV automatically revokes your driver’s license if you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is important to contact our office quickly after you have been changed with a DUI. You have 10 days to request an administrative hearing, which will give you time to attain a provisional license. We will advocate on your behalf in all DMV hearings to help you achieve the best possible results.

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