If you have been convicted of an infraction or crime, that conviction will go on your criminal record and possibly your driving record. This could cause your insurance to go up,and it may be difficult to find a job. If your conviction is a felony, you will not be allowed to possess a firearm.
If you have been accused of committing a crime in California, you need to mount a vigorous defense. The consequences of a conviction can be severe. Your career, reputation, opportunities, and freedom may all be at stake. A qualified criminal defense attorney can ensure that your right to a fair trial is protected, can present the best possible defense, and in some cases can negotiate with the prosecution to have charges reduced or dropped.
Even before you are convicted, the State starts the process of punishing you. Your driving privileges may be suspended when you are arrested. This can keep you from being able to work and take care of your family or even get to court.
First offense DUI charges are usually misdemeanors, meaning that if you get jail time, it can only be up to one year. DUI and drug charges have possible extra penalties, such as driver's license suspension or rehabilitation.