Santa Monica DUI Lawyer

Santa Monica Crime

According to city-data.com Santa Monica is a safe place to live. Both the violent and property crime rates were below the U.S. average in 2011. One criminal offense that does not factor into crime rates is driving under the influence or DUI. A person can be arrested for DUI in Santa Monica for driving a vehicle under any of the following conditions:

  • Impaired by alcohol
  • With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more
  • Under the influence of drugs or while addicted to a drug
  • Under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol

A person convicted of DUI in Santa Monica will face the following penalties:

  • First DUI Offense
    • A fine between $390 and $1,000
    • 96 hours to 6 months of jail time
    • 6 months of court triggered license suspension
    • Up to three years of informal probation
    • 30 to 60 hours of DUI education
  • Second DUI Offense
    • A fine between $390 and $1,000
    • 90 days to 1 year of jail time
    • 2 years of court triggered license suspension
    • Up to three years of informal probation
    • 30 to 60 hours of DUI education
  • Third or More DUI Offense
    • A fine between $390 and $1,000
    • 120 days to 1 year of jail time
    • License revocation
    • Up to three years of informal probation
    • 30 to 60 hours of DUI education

In 2010, according to California DMV data, 16 people were convicted of DUI in Santa Monica Court. Of those, 87.5% were sentenced to some jail time. 100% of second time DUI offenders also received probation as part of their sentence. This number does not represent everyone who was arrested by Santa Monica police that year, only the people who were convicted at Santa Monica Courthouse. There are several other courts in Los Angeles County that accused DUI offenders can stand trial in. The Santa Monica courthouse is located at:

West District
Santa Monica Courthouse
1725 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

DUI Offenses in Santa Monica

First DUI Offense – When Santa Monica police stop a driver for any reason, they are trained to look for signs of possible impairment. Anything from slurred speech to red eyes to the odor of drugs or alcohol can be a reason for law enforcement to ask the driver to take a sobriety test.

Repeat DUI Offense – After a person is arrested for suspicion of DUI, police check to see if they have any prior DUI convictions on their record. If they had previously been convicted of DUI or a DUI related offense in the past ten years, they will face steeper penalties as a repeat offender.

Drug DUI Offense – Drug related DUI offenses result in the same penalties that alcohol DUI convictions do. A person can be charged with DUI for driving under the influence of illegal, over the counter or prescription drugs. Even a drug used in therapeutic doses can lead to a DUI charge.

Juvenile DUI Offense – Santa Monica has a zero tolerance policy against underage drivers who drive with any amount of alcohol in their system. A juvenile DUI offender can expect to face one year of license suspension and the possibility of a fine.

Felony DUI Offense – A person who is charged with DUI who has three or more prior convictions can be charged with felony DUI. Likewise, a driver who causes a serious accident due to DUI can face felony charged. 6 people were convicted of DUI in Santa Monica court in 2010.

DUI Offense with Injury – Under 23153 VC, a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Santa Monica and causes an accident that leads to serious injury of another party will face DUI with injury charges. These charges can be misdemeanors or felonies.

DUI Offense with Death – The most serious DUI charges involve the loss of life. A driver who is under the influence and causes the death of another can face DUI with injury charges or vehicular homicide charges or a combination.

Commercial DUI Offense – Drivers in Santa Monica who operate with a commercial license have their own set of DUI laws. The legal blood alcohol limit for commercial drivers is 0.04. A commercial driver who is convicted of DUI will face 2 years of license suspension and is no eligible for a restricted license.

Santa Monica DUI Defense

If you have been arrested for DUI in Santa Monica, you need to call a DUI lawyer right away. There is important information that you need to know. Drivers who are arrested with a BAC over the legal limit only have 30 days to request a DMV hearing before they lose their license to administrative suspension. Our attorneys can work to make sure you get your license back as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin working on your case.

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