CONSEQUENCES OF MULTIPLE DUI ARRESTS IN ONE YEAR

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DUI Attorney in Sacramento Discusses the Consequences of Multiple DUI Arrests in One Year

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a very serious conviction. The consequences associated with this conviction increase in severity with the increase in DUIs incidents. There are minimum and maximum sentences for each conviction. Judges consider the specific circumstances and other factors surrounding a DUI when deciding the exact sentencing. If you have been convicted of another DUI in the same year, make sure to speak to a DUI attorney in Sacramento.

Most drunk driving incidents are prosecuted as misdemeanors but a DUI may be considered a felony if someone is injured or if you have already had four or more DUIs. Courts consider the past 10 years as a “lookback” period. Any DUI’s that occurred before that period are not taken into consideration.

Unlike most crimes, there are administrative fees that apply to DUIs even if there is no conviction. If a police officer revokes your license due to drunk driving, there is the chance you will still have a period without a license and administrative fees you must pay.

A new law, starting 2010 and valid until July 1, 2017, states that all DUI offenders (first time and repeaters) in specific counties are required to install an Ignition Interlock Device on all vehicles under their ownership or that they use. This means they must pass a breathalyzer test every time they want to drive. Additionally, they must pay a $45 administrative service fee to reinstate driving privileges. The relevant counties are:

  • Alameda
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • Tulare

Below is an outline of common consequences of multiple DUI convictions. These outlines are meant as an informational guide. It’s important to note that judges can sentence at their discretion. A good DUI attorney in Sacramento fighting for a lesser sentence can affect what the judge decides.

First misdemeanor DUI

  • 96 hours to 6 months in county jail
  • Fines of $390 to $1000 – This does not include penalty assessment fees, which may add up to over $1000 on their own
  • Driver’s license suspension of 6 months – A restricted license may be permitted
  • DUI school
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device at the driver’s expense

Second misdemeanor DUI

  • 96 hours to 1 year in jail – If a person is sentenced to 96 hours in county jail, this can be served in two separate 48 hour increments. Many counties consistently sentence individuals to more than the minimum, but this often can be converted to community labor.
  • Fines of $390 to $1000 – This does not include penalty assessment fees, which may add up to over $1000 on their own
  • Driver’s License suspension for 2 years – Could have a restricted license after 12 months
  • DUI school for 18 to 30 months – Enrollment in this program can decrease the driver’s license suspension from 2 to 1 year with a 2 year period of license restriction (permission only to drive to, from, and for work, and to and from the program.
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device at the driver’s expense
  • Vehicle impounding for 30 days at the driver’s expense

Third misdemeanor DUI

  • 120 days to 1 year in jail
  • Fines of $390 to $1000 – This does not include penalty assessment fees, which become quite excessive after two offenses.
  • Driver will be considered a “habitual traffic offender” for 3 years
  • License suspension for 3 years – Driver may apply for a restricted license with the court
  • DUI school for at least 18 months
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

Fourth misdemeanor DUI

In the case that the driver has had three previous DUI convictions in the last 10 years, the fourth DUI charge is considered a felony. This includes out-of-state convictions that would be considered contributory to this rule in California (excessive BAC, driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter, or a “wet reckless” plea bargain). When convicted of a felony, always make sure to contact a skilled DUI attorney in Sacramento and keep in the mind the following sentences are possible:

  • Up to 4 years in jail – May complete 180 days to 1 year in county jail
  • Fines of $390 to $1000 – This does not include penalty assessment fees, which become quite excessive after two offenses. It is likely to total $5000.
  • Habitual Traffic Offender status for 3 years
  • License revocation for four years
  • DUI multi-offender program for 30 months
  • Impounding of the vehicle for up to 90 days or even forfeiture
  • Probation of up to 5 years – May be mandated as a formal probation, including reporting to a probation officer
  • AA meetings
  • Community service

Insurance

After any DUI conviction in California, a driver may be required to obtain a California SR-22 insurance policy. Some insurance companies may cancel a policy due to a DUI conviction. If a new insurance policy is not established in 45 days, the vehicle registration will be suspended.

Multiple DUI convictions may also affect immigration or naturalization status. It is very important to seek a knowledgeable and motivated DUI attorney in Sacramento to help you with your case. Prosecutors can be very aggressive and require a very good lawyer to stand up against.

DUI Attorney in Sacramento Explains the Consequences of Multiple DUI Arrests

Getting arrested for multiple DUI’s can affect your life and the life of loved ones in so many ways. At the Law Offices of Alin Cintean, we’re dedicated to representing you in court and ensuring you receive the best outcome for your case. Give us a call at (916) 441-3500 to speak to a DUI attorney in Sacramento.

 

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 755
Sacramento, CA 95814 US
Phone: (916) 441-3500
DUI Attorney in Sacramento Explains Multiple DUI Arrests in California