Helping You Challenge DUI Charges
It’s not a secret that police officers and prosecutors in Sonoma County and throughout California take an aggressive stance on drunk driving. If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated or have been charged with this violation, don’t hope that the matter will resolve itself. It won’t. You need to take this situation seriously.
I am Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney Charles W. Applegate, and I am ready to help you assert your rights throughout your case. As a former criminal prosecutor, I have an insider’s understanding of the criminal process and the strategies that prosecutors use in Sonoma County. Let me put my insight to work for you.
I Offer Full-Service Representation
I have successfully defended hundreds of clients against misdemeanor and felony charges. These cases have ranged from straightforward first-offense DUI offenses to more complex violations, such as repeat DUI violations for commercial drivers, repeat offenses, and serious injury cases.
I also represent minors facing underage DUI charges and drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended. Whether you need assistance in an administrative hearing or a courtroom, I am qualified to assist you.
Working To Limit The Impact Of A DUI On Your Life
In California, drivers charged with DUI offenses may face jail time, fines, mandatory ignition interlock devices, and license suspensions. Judges may consider a driver’s history when determining a sentence, but they also take state sentencing requirements into account. The maximum penalties for DUI convictions are as follows:
- A six-month jail sentence and a four-figure fine for first-time offenses
- A year-long jail sentence and a bigger fine for second-time offenses
- A year-long jail sentence and an even bigger fine for third-time offenses
For those facing felony DUI convictions, the penalties and fines are more severe. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you could be sentenced to up to four years in prison and be fined up to $5,000.
As your attorney, I will explore all options to help you avoid this harsh outcome. When charges cannot be dismissed or reduced, I will work to negotiate lesser penalties. As you can see from the penalties and fines listed above, there is a lot at stake when you are confronting a DUI charge.