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First Time DUI

First Time DUI in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach First Time DUI Attorney Protecting Drivers' Rights

Facing DUI charges—or charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol—can be very stressful, especially if you are facing such charges for the first time. When individuals are arrested and charged with alleged DUI, they end up being placed at risk of penalties such as driver's license suspension, expensive fines and even incarceration.

First-time offenders tend to have better chances of avoiding conviction or receiving alternative sentencing, such as probation and the requirement to participate in rehabilitative programs. However, just because a person is being charged with DUI for the first time, this does not mean the offender will automatically get off easy. There are various aggravated factors that can lead to more severe sentencing.

At the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, our Long Beach criminal defense attorney can provide you with step-by-step guidance and aggressive defense as you face your first-time DUI charges. Attorney Leonard Matsuk is highly knowledgeable of the DUI system and how to effectively challenge these types of charges.

California Penalties for First-Time DUI Convictions

According to California Vehicle Code §23536, a first conviction for DUI in the state of California can lead to the following penalties:

  • 96 hours to 6 months in county jail (at least 48 hours continuous)
  • Possible probation (usually instead of full jail term)
  • Fine of $390 to $1,000, plus penalty assessment
  • 6-month driver's license suspension
  • Required completion of DUI program and/or other programs

There are certain factors that can potentially lead to harsher penalties, such as the injury of others as a result of the DUI offense. The best step you can take after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence is to retain the services of a DUI defense lawyer you can trust. A strong attorney will be able to closely analyze the details of the case and determine which defense will best benefit you.

When you bring your DUI case to our firm, we can work to use your clean record to your benefit. Contact the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk so that you can receive legal support from a highly experienced first time DUI attorney!

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Hear from our former clients about their experience with the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk. We are proud to protect the rights of the accused and be their trusted advocates in their time of need. Experienced and knowledgeable in a wide range of case types, we are prepared to defend you.

  • “I would want someone too to make an effort this great on my behalf...”
    “I would want someone too to make an effort this great on my behalf...”
    - Judge
  • “I would recommend him to my family and closest friends.”
    My case was a complex felony case. Mr. Matsuk quickly learned all the facts and was well versed in the law. He spent quality time with me and seemed to genuinely care about me and my outcome. He had quality advice and insight based on his many years of experience. He got me the very best outcome. I am very satisfied with his services and representation and would highly recommend him to anyone - including my closest friends and family.
    - Scott
  • “One of the best lawyers in California!”
    An awesome, exceptional and focused attorney that will work for a fair and equitable outcome for his client. Our family will always trust Mr. Matsuk in representing our family's interest in All legal matters. He kept our son from going to prison for seven years. He got sentenced reduced to one year in Los Angeles County Jail.
    - Former Client
  • “Thank you Mr. Matsuk”
    I would highly recommend Mr. Matsuk and his very capable staff Lisa and Sue for needed legal services. Mr. Matsuk clearly explained all aspects of my case with truth and understanding. The results were positive and my experience was the same. Thank you sir.
    - Gilda