DUI With Prior Convictions

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DUI With Prior Convictions | LA Drunk Driving Defense

California has some of the toughest DUI statutes and harshest penalties in the country. Multiple DUI convictions compound the potential punishments imposed by the California courts.

Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP was established by two former senior deputy district attorneys who previously prosecuted serious cases of repeat DUI offenders. We have specialized in defending DUI cases since 1987 and know how devastating a 2nd or 3rd DUI conviction can be. We take prompt, decisive action to obtain the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Potential sentence for second DUI offense

A first DUI offense has serious repercussions on your immediate and long-term future. With each additional conviction within a 10-year period, the punishments and long-range problems increase. A second misdemeanor DUI conviction with carries a possible sentence of:

  • Minimum 96 hours or up to one year incarceration in county jail
  • Approximately $2,000 in fines and penalty assessments
  • Informal probation for three to five years
  • Mandatory completion of 18 month multi-offender DUI program (SB38)
  • Two years of driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Third DUI offense penalties

Although a third DUI is usually still considered a misdemeanor, the penalties are nonetheless steep. Possible penalties for a third DUI conviction include the following:

  • A mandatory minimum of 120 days or up to 1 year the county jail
  • Approximately $2,000 in fines and penalty assessments
  • Three to five years of informal probation
  • Mandatory completion of 18 or 30 month multi-offender DUI program
  • Three years of license suspension
  • Mandatory installation of IID

Multiple DUIs charged as a felony

If you have at least three DUI or wet reckless convictions in the last 10 years, your fourth offense can be charged as a felony DUI. Your charges may also be upgraded to a felony if you are accused of injuring or killing somebody in a DUI accident.

Contact us to review your options

For help with a second, third or fourth DUI charge, call Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP at 888-579-4844 or contact us online. We offer you a free initial consultation and are here to help 24/7.