Multiple DUI Offenses in Palmdale
California 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th DUI Offenses
In addition to harsher penalties, a driver convicted of a 2nd DUI could also find that there is less leniency available to them, such as doing community service instead of jail time. If you have been charged with a 2nd DUI, your next step should be to retain the services of a Lancaster criminal defense lawyer and learn what you can do to fight the charges. Our team of lawyers here at the Law Offices of David M. Wallin is ready to work hard and get the best possible outcome for your case. DUI is not treated lightly in California and judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials will usually seek out the heaviest penalties they can for someone who has been convicted more than once of driving under the influence. Facing a 2nd DUI can be a frightening prospect and it's important that you understand what your rights are.
Multiple DUI Penalties in California
Don't let a conviction for a multiple DUIs ruin your life, learn what your options are and what an attorney can do to help. There are many defenses that can be used in your favor, such as proving that a DUI breathalyzer generated a false reading or that a DUI blood test gave an incorrect result. In order to understand how the law applies to you and how you can fight multiple DUI charges, get in touch with a competent lawyer who is familiar with these types of cases.
While being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is a troubling matter under any circumstances, repeat drunk driving offenses in California can be particularly serious and can expose drivers to much harsher administrative and criminal penalties upon conviction. Second, third, or even fourth-offense drunk driving defendants are afforded far less leniency by the courts and will generally have less alternative sentencing options available to them, such as community service instead of jail time. As such, repeat offenses are often far more complex and require the trained expertise of a powerful criminal defense attorney in order to be successfully defended against.
California has a 10-year lookback period, meaning that any prior DUI convictions, “wet reckless” convictions, or out-of-state drunk driving convictions on a person’s record which occurred within the past decade will be considered in regards to sentencing. In addition, consequences for a repeat DUI can increase depending on the level of alcohol in a defendant’s system, whether or not they refused a breath or blood test, and whether or not they caused an accident or injury to another party.
Penalties for a second DUI conviction include:
- 3-5 years of probation
- Between 96 hours and 1 year in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Participation in an 18-month drug and alcohol treatment program
- Installment of an ignition interlock device
- A 2-year driver’s license suspension
If convicted of a third DUI, these penalties increase to:
- Between 120 days and 1 year in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Participation in a 30-month drug and alcohol treatment program
- Designation as a “habitual traffic offender”
- A 3-year driver’s license suspension
Fourth or subsequent DUI convictions carry the heaviest penalties, including:
- A felony charge and possible “strike”
- Up to 3 years in state prison
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- A 4-year driver’s license suspension
I’ve Been Arrested - What Should I Do?
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI for a second, third, or even fourth time, it is vital you exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible to protect your future and freedom. As far as the prosecution is concerned, you have broken the law more than once and continue to be a danger on the roads. For this reason, you need a defense that can match the tenacity of the prosecution and present the arguments necessary to defeat your charges.
At the Law Offices of David M. Wallin, our Palmdale DUI attorneys has been guarding the rights of the accused for more than 40 years and have secured countless victories along the way. As former prosecutors, we understand the strategies of the opposition and can provide the powerful advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case.
Contact a Lancaster criminal defense lawyer from our firm if you have been charged with multiple DUIs and would like to know what you need to do next.
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