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Welcome, being charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can be a stressful time in your life. The ramifications of having a DUI on your record can impact multiple areas of your life, including, personal, professional, and financial. The Law Office of Param S. Pabla understands the impact a DUI can have on its clients. As a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, Mr. Pabla has represented clients charged with a DUI in the Sacramento area for years. He vigorously works towards minimizing the impact a DUI will have on their lives both in court as well as before the DMV. Let his experience, dedication, and knowledge work for you.

What is Driving Under the Influence (DUI)?

Vehicle Code Section 23151 is the drunk driving statute. Sub-part (a) makes it unlawful to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sub-part (b) makes it unlawful to drive a vehicle with a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.08% or higher.

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What is the Punishment for a DUI?

Generally, for a 1st offense for a DUI, the following is the punishment:

  • Jail Time: 0 – 6 months
  • Fines: $390 – $1000
  • Alcohol Classes: 3 to 9 Months
  • Probation: 1 – 5 years

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Can a DUI Charge Be Reduced?

Yes, in some cases a DUI can be reduced. It may be dismissed, or reduced to a wet reckless, dry reckless, or other lesser charge. All the reductions would be more beneficial than having a DUI on your record.

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Will the DMV Suspend My License?

A person who takes a breath test, which indicates a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more, will have his driver license confiscated by the arresting officer. The officer will give notice to the driver of his right to request a hearing before the DMV within 10 days. Failure to request a hearing within the time frame may result in the DMV suspending the driver license.

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Should I Request a Hearing Before the DMV?

Requesting a hearing before the DMV may help you in fighting your case in court. The Law Office of Param S. Pabla has experience is effectively utilizing a DMV hearing to benefit a clients court case.

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If My License is Suspended by the DMV, Can I Get a Restricted License?

If the DMV suspends your license, after 30 days, you can request a restricted license for the remainder of your suspension. The Law Office of Param S. Pabla can help you get your restricted license.

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Client Reviews
“Mr. Pabla represented me with my DUI case. He has excellent communication skills and always kept me informed. Mr. Pabla made sure I understood the process and my rights. He eased my mind through a very stressful situation. I highly recommend Mr. Pabla.” Gurpreet
“I am so happy with the service that I received from Param S. Pabla. Jarrett did a great job solving my legal issue and I can’t recommend him enough! He was able to do everything quickly, painlessly, and was ALWAYS available to talk when I needed him. If I ever need help again, I will definitely use him!" Boris
“Param was excellent in my court case of failure to stop at a stop sign. The officer could not see clearly because he was too far away. The officer insisted he could and said he had video but could not produce it at the trial. The officer then asked if he could suspend the trial to go get the video but the judge said he should have had plenty of time to get the video ready beforehand. Needless to say, the judge ruled in my favor and dismissed the case which enraged the officer. Pabla Param’s defense and cross examination skills were excellent and paramount in having the case dismissed. Highly recommended.” T.C.
“My husband and I needed to update everything -family trust, will, medical stuff. Param was really patient -answering all my questions -even when I asked them twice. He wanted to be sure I understood everything we were doing. All docs were sent to us so we could go through them on our own time before anything was finalized. I also liked when we were looking at medical stuff that he had a conversation with me about what I wanted and pointed out some things I didn’t think of.” Debbie