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Things to Know if Charged with a DUI in Sacramento



Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in Sacramento. If you are charged with DUI in Sacramento, you may face fines, license suspension, jail time and other penalties.

This article will explain what you should know if charged with a Sacramento DUI offense. If you have additional questions about your case, you should consult a Sacramento DUI attorney. A DUI lawyer can use his expertise to counsel you throughout your case and advocate for you in court.

What Is a Sacramento DWI/DUI?

The offense of driving under the influence is known as DUI in Sacramento. Other areas refer to this same crime as an OUI and a DWI. Therefore, a Sacramento DWI is the same offense as a Sacramento DUI.

There are two ways to be charged with a DUI in Sacramento. The first is by blood-alcohol content (BAC). BAC is the measure of blood in your alcohol. Police can test your BAC through blood, chemical or breath testing. If your BAC is .08 percent or higher, you will be charged with DUI.

You can also be charged with DUI if your driving is impaired due to alcohol, even if your BAC is under .08. To determine impairment, the arresting officer may subject you to a series of field sobriety tests. These tests include:

  • Following a light with your eyes while keeping your head and neck still
  • Standing on one foot
  • Walking in a straight line, turning and walking back

If you perform poorly on the field sobriety tests, the officer may arrest you on suspicion of drunk driving.

BAC Testing

An officer may request that you submit to BAC testing, whether blood, chemical or breath. You have the right to refuse such tests; however, you will face serious consequences.

Sacramento has an implied consent law. This means that as a condition of having a driver's license, your consent to chemical testing is implied. This means that you cannot simply refuse such a test without facing certain penalties.

If you refuse the BAC test, you will face a one-year license suspension for a first refusal. Upon a second arrest in 10 years, you will face a two-year revocation. A third refusal within 10 years will result in a three-year revocation.

If you have other questions regarding your rights regarding chemical testing in Sacramento, contact a Sacramento DUI lawyer.

Penalties for a DUI in Sacramento

Whether you are arrested for DUI in Boulevard Park, Meadowview, Florin or another area of the city, you will face the same list of penalties.

For your first DUI in Sacramento, you may face the following punishment:

  • Jail time from 96 hours to six months
  • Fines from $1,000 to $1,600
  • License suspension for six months
  • Completion of a DUI program
  • Possible installation of an ignition interlock device (this mechanism requires that the driver passes a BAC test before the car will start)

A second offense within 10 years of the first will result in the following penalties:

  • Jail time from 90 days to one year
  • Fines from $1,000 to $1,900
  • License suspension for two years
  • Completion of a DUI program
  • Possible installation of an ignition interlock device

A third DUI offense within 10 years may result in the following penalties:

  • Jail time from 120 days to one year
  • Fines from $1,000 to $2,000
  • License suspension for three years
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Completion of a DUI program
  • You will be designated as a habitual offender