Ventura DUI Defense Attorney

DUI & Driving Offenses

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Southern California, then do not wait to align yourself with a proven criminal defense lawyer. Without an experienced legal professional acting on your behalf, you could find the DUI process to be not only costly but also extremely time-consuming and even embarrassing.

At the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch, our team is passionate about obtaining results that are in the best interests of our clients. With guidance from a former prosecutor, you benefit from tremendous experience and insight into your case and how the opposition will approach your charges.

You must act quickly!

After an arrest for DUI, you have a very limited amount of time to take action. Within 10 days, you must request a hearing at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Doing so can effectively place the suspension of your driver's license on hold until the conclusion of your court proceedings. Mr. Welch can attend the DMV hearing with you.

If you choose to have a public defender represent your case, please note that these lawyers are given large caseloads and are often unable to dedicate adequate attention to any individual case. A private attorney, on the other hand, can give you undivided attention and can design a defense that is uniquely suited for you.

Contact the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch.
Your first case evaluation is offered completely free!

What are the DUI penalties in California?

A first-time DUI conviction could result in:

  • Driver's license suspension for 6 to 10 months
  • Fines of up to $1,000
  • Mandatory alcohol / rehabilitation classes

A second-time DUI conviction within 10 years of the first conviction could result in:

  • Minimum of 96 hours in jail
  • Minimum of 3 years of summary probation
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Mandatory traffic school
  • Fines

A third-time DUI conviction could result in:

  • Minimum of 120 days in county jail
  • Minimum of 3 years of probation
  • Driver's license revocation for up to 3 years
  • Mandatory traffic school
  • Hefty fines

If the DUI resulted in injury to a third party, then it will be charged as a felony offense and can carry a 3-year state prison sentence if you are convicted.