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Sentencing and Punishment for DUI

Typically, DUI cases are settled prior to the need for jury trial. This is not to say, however, that no California DUI case will go to trial; in fact, quite a few will need to be brought before a judge and jury in order to make a conclusion.

A defendant can only be convicted of DUI if the prosecuting attorney is successful in convincing all 12 jurors that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Avoiding an ultimate conviction at trial will rely heavily upon your defense attorney's ability to effectively challenge any evidence that can be used against you in court.

Defendants who plead guilty or who are convicted by jury will be sentenced to a certain set of punishments as issued by the judge. Depending on the facts of the case, as well as the criminal history of the defendant, the sentence that is prescribed will be different from defendant to defendant. Common consequences tend to include:

  • Driver's license suspension or revocation
  • Enrollment in a court-approved alcohol program
  • Fines
  • Possible jail or prison time

If you're facing the DUI process in the state of California, you need an aggressive and proven defense attorney on your side. You need an attorney from Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP.

We are DUI defenders who have dedicated our professional careers to helping our clients fight the criminal allegations that have been made against them. For a free legal consultation, contact our firm today. We are available 24/7 to take your case.