A first offense DUI in California carries a potential jail sentence of up to 6 months, and up to 3 years in state prison if just one other person is even slightly injured. Multiple injuries or death can result in even longer prison terms.
These sentences are not frequently imposed, but many counties do require several days of jail or sheriff-monitored work detail. Your best way to avoid this possibility is to hire a DUI defense attorney who is very familiar with the judges and prosecutorial policies of the county where you are cited. So called standard sentences of 2 or 5 days jail can often be negotiated down to no time in jail, but you need a lawyer who knows how to get these alternative sentencing dispositions.
Paul Burglin regularly practices in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties. He knows the guidelines, policies and politics in these geographical areas.
For specific information on the sentencing practices in each of these counties.
Call Paul Burglin now at (415) 729-7300