Question: What should I expect if charged with a DUI and a BAC of .22? It’s my first DUI. The case is in San Fernando Court. Will I have to go to trial?

Depending on the circumstances, a first offense DUI can get up to 6 months in jail, a fine up to $1,000 plus penalty assessments, and up to a 9 month alcohol program, as well as other penalties. If your past record is clear, that should help mitigate the consequences. The .22 BAC is high, and will be what is called an “enhancement” to the DUI charge. Why were you pulled over? Was there a car accident? Any young passengers in your car? There are a lot of questions that need to be asked before a good assessment can be given. The consequences for this can be much less than the max numbers listed above. I have even had cases where the BAC was higher and I was able to get the DUI charges dismissed and reduced to lesser charges with much lesser penalties. I would recommend consulting an attorney to discuss your case in further detail. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation if you would like, at 818-336-1384.

Additionally, although some DUI cases go to trial, it is the clients choice. I am able to successfully resolve DUI cases without having to go to trial. But I am also ready and willing to fight it out at trial if the client chooses to go that route!


Phil Hache
DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Metro, Bellflower, Alhambra, Malibu, Compton, Inglewood and other Courts.
Office in Sherman Oaks