The Law Office of John M. Holmes is exclusively a criminal defense firm, practicing in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. John M. Holmes built this criminal defense firm on a foundation of ethical and aggressive representation. Mr. Holmes takes pride in handling your case from start to finish, and he is available for his clients 24-7.

This office handles every type of driving related criminal case, from traffic infractions to DUI. If you were cited or arrested for having multiple traffic infractions, for driving under the influence, for driving on a suspended license, or for reckless driving, contact the Law Office of John M. Holmes. This firm can help ease the burden you suffer and keep you out of jail.

DUI PENALTIES IN SAN BERNARDINO OR RIVERSIDE COUNTY

In Riverside or San Bernardino County, a DUI conviction carries stiff punishments, including DMV penalties (link to DMV page) as well as criminal punishments including fines and jail time. The DUI penalties and punishments as listed below are based on a standard DUI conviction, without enhancements. If there are aggravating factors, then the DUI penalties are substantially increased. Those factors can include: a child in the car (under 14), speeding, driving on a suspended or restricted license, accidents, high blood alcohol content (over .20), etc.

Any previous DUI conviction in San Bernardino or Riverside County within 10 years is considered a prior for purposes of criminal court. The following list represents the range of DUI penalties the court can impose. In order to insure you receiving the best possible outcome for you DUI arrest in Riverside or San Bernardino County, you should retain a criminal defense attorney experienced in DUI negotiation. Mr. Holmes will aggressively advocate on your behalf to obtain the best possible result in your case. If you have been wrongly accused, Mr. Holmes will not stop until you are determined innocent.

The following list is only for reference as every county varies in their penalty guidelines and DUI laws can be quickly changed.

OffenseMinimum and Maximum Sentences When Granted Probation of 3-5 YearsMinimum and Maximum Sentences When Not Granted Probation
FIRST DUI Conviction
within 10 years
Completion of a 3, 6 or 9 month alcohol/drug program, fines and fees of $1400 to $1800, 48 hours to 6 months in jail (48 hours mandatory), and a court-triggered license suspension for 6, 10 or 12 months.96 hours to 6 months in jail, fines and fees of $1400 to $1800, and a 6, 10, or 12 month license suspension.
SECOND DUI Conviction
within 10 years
Completion of an 18-month or 30-month alcohol/drug program, fines and fees of $1800 to $2800, 96 hours to 1 year in jail (96 hours mandatory, but some counties will insist on 10-30 days), and a court-triggered license suspension for 2 years. Installation of ignition interlocking device for up to 3 years.
In some cases, it is possible to have the mandatory jail time converted to adult work project, the fines and fees can be converted to community service, and a restricted license can be obtained after one year.
90 days to 1 year in jail, fines and fees of$1800 to $2800, and a 2 year license suspension.
THIRD DUI Conviction
within 10 years
Completion of an 18-month or 30-month alcohol/drug program (if you have not completed one before), fines and fees of $1800 to $2800, 120 days to 1 year in jail (120 days mandatory, but some counties will insist on 210-365 days), and a court-triggered license suspension for 3 years. Installation of ignition interlocking device for up to 3 years.

In some cases, it is possible to have the mandatory jail time converted to house arrest, rehab, or a combination of the two, the fines and fees can be converted to community service, and a restricted license can be obtained after one year.
120 days to 1 year in jail, fines and fees of $1800 to $2800, and a 3-year license suspension.
FOURTH or Subsequent DUI Conviction
within 10 years
Completion of an 18-month or 30-month alcohol/drug program (if you have not completed one before), fines and fees of $1800 to $2800, 180 days to 1 year in jail (180 days mandatory, but most counties will insist on 1 year), and a court-triggered license suspension for 4 years.

Court designated habitual traffic offender for 3 years and installation of ignition interlocking device for up to 3 years. Negotiation for a 4th DUI conviction is sensitive. The sentence can vary greatly depending on the circumstances.
16 months, 2 years or 3 years in state prison, or 180 days to 1 year in county jail; fines and fees of $1800 to $2800, and a 4-year license suspension.

Felony DUI


If this is your fourth or subsequent DUI offense it may be considered a felony DUI. Punishment for such an offense includes up to three years in state prison, permanent loss of license and more.

If anyone was injured in connection with a DUI in Riverside or San Bernardino County, it may also be charged as a felony DUI. These cases have substantial impact involving jail and loss of license.

At the Law Office of John M. Holmes, Mr. Holmes applies his criminal defense DUI experience and his knowledge of the Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles criminal courts to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. The Law Office of John M. Holmes proudly serves Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.

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