DUI Second Offense in Los Angeles
If you’ve previously been arrested and convicted of a DUI in the past, you know the short-term and long-term impact it can have on your life. Because the state of California is trying to reduce recidivism among drunk drivers, the penalties for a second DUI are more severe than with a first conviction. If you’re facing your second DUI conviction in the past ten years, you need to retain the services of a criminal defense lawyer who has extensive experience DUI cases. In Los Angeles, that’s C. Robert Brooks, Attorney at Law.
The 10-Year Rule for California DUI
If you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence one or more times in the past ten years, you could be facing enhanced charges. It may not even matter if the conviction occurred outside of the state of California; the courts may still consider an out-of-state conviction in your charging and sentencing.
Second DUI Offense Penalties
While a second DUI committed within the past ten years is still a misdemeanor, the potential penalties are more severe. Here are some of the major differences between a first and second DUI conviction:
|Penalty||First DUI||Second DUI|
|Jail Time||No Min, Six Months Max||96 Hours Min, 1 Year Max|
|Fines||$390 to $1000||$390 to $1000|
|License Susp./Revoc.||6 Months||2 Years|
|Ignition Interlock Device||6 Months||1 Year|
|Alcohol and Drug Education Program||3-9 Months||18-30 Months|
As is the case with a first-time DUI, your conviction will remain on your criminal record and you may be assessed additional fines by the courts.
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In most cases, first, second, and third DUIs are misdemeanors in the state of California. There are, however, aggravating circumstances that could recategorize any DUI to a felony. If you’re found at fault in an accident with serious injuries or death and you are determined to be under the influence of alcohol, you could be facing felony charges. Depending on the severity of the injuries, if you are charged with a felony, you could be facing prison time. If you kill another person in an accident that’s determined to be related to your state of intoxication, you could be charged with DUI Manslaughter.
Second DUI Arrest Lawyer in Los Angeles
All DUIs are serious, but a second DUI conviction can have an even greater impact on your life and livelihood than your first one. You need a DUI attorney who has the experience and legal acumen to have your charges reduced or dismissed. Attorney C. Robert Brooks has been defending individuals who have been accused of DUI in Los Angeles for decades. He can defend your freedom and your driving privileges. Contact our Los Angeles office to schedule a free initial consultation.