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First Time DUI


California laws prohibit an individual from driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol ( DUI). While the legal blood alcohol ("BAC") limit is .08%, if under 21, the limit is .01% and for commercial drivers driving a commercial vehicle it is .04%. These are very stringent limits and it is easy for someone to make a mistake. Have you or a loved one been accused of a first time DUI? If so, please contact Attorney Maralee Eriksen. You can put your situation in her hands and rest easy knowing that she will carefully evaluate the evidence, recommend a sound course of action and work hard to protect your rights.



A first time DUI should never be taken lightly. Although a first offense is usually charged as a misdemeanor, it may be charged as a felony DUI if there was an accident and someone was injured- an event that will change your life forever. There are two types of proceedings that you will go through: the criminal court process and the Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") process. At the criminal sentencing, you may be fined, serve jail time, and be penalized in other ways. In the DMV proceeding, you have only 10 days to request an Administrative Per Se ("APS") hearing to attempt to save you from a driver's license suspension. With the Attorney Eriksen's 100% focus on DUI defense, she will work to challenge weak or flawed aspects of the prosecution's case to get for her clients the best possible resolution to their first time DUI cases, including dismissals and charge reductions.

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