The Law Office of

CHRISTOPHER SOHOVICH



(619) 326-8161
The Law Office of

CHRISTOPHER SOHOVICH



(619) 326-8161
Put the power of an attorney who's been a
Judge's Assistant and Deputy District Attorney
on YOUR side.

First Offense DUI

Chris Sohovich is recognized as being among the top driving under the influence (DUI) defense attorneys in San Diego. He is a direct, straight talking lawyer who will honestly tell you the facts about your San Diego DUI case. Chris Sohovich specializes in representing clients accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs in San Diego, California and was the editor of the 2012 update of California Drunk Driving Defense which is a practice guide other lawyers study to learn how to handle California DUI cases.

The penalties a driver will face when convicted for driving under the influence are extreme. A driver convicted of a first offense may face a mandatory minimum county jail sentence of 48 hours. The maximum jail sentence for a first offense is six months, but this may increase if a driver has a high blood alcohol concentration (0.15 percent or higher), was speeding excessively, was involved in a DUI accident or had a minor under 14 in the car at the time of arrest. Additional penalties will include fines and court fees, driver’s license suspension, rehabilitation programs and more. The specific range of penalties for a first offense is as follows: (San Diego Standard Sentencing Guidelines)

  • $1400 to $1800 in fines and court fees;
  • Six month minimum driver’s license suspension;
  • DUI program for twelve to forty five hours;
  • County jail sentence of forty eight to six months; and
  • Three to five years probation

The stakes are high in a San Diego drunk driving case. A motorist accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs faces the possibility of jail, large fines, driver’s license suspension, mandatory DUI classes, ignition interlock devices, and other consequences. For that reason, it is imperative to have a qualified San Diego DUI lawyer handle your case.

If you or someone you know has been or may be accused of driving under the influence, or driving with a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit in San Diego, please read the information contained in this website and call the office and discuss your case with Chris Sohovich.