Possible Consequences of a Second Offense Driving Under the Influence Conviction in California.
For individuals convicted of a Second Offense DUI, the law allows for the court to order a jail sentence between ninety-six hours and one-year in jail. In most cases, the custody element of a DUI can be reduced or even eliminated with competent representation. If not eliminated entirely, the convicted individual may be allowed to serve custody days in a work release or house arrest program
All DUI convictions come with significant fines. Even though fines imposed by the court on misdemeanor convictions are never to exceed $1,000 for each violation, the court consistently imposes both penalty assessments and costs. The culmination of these additional “fees” can be greater in total than the fines imposed. With penalty assessments, Southern California Court fines range from $1,500 to $2,500. If successful at reducing these fines, the amount you save in fines and assessments may equal the entire amount you paid for legal representation. You may also have the option of converting fines to custody, work release or even volunteer work. Many convicted clients client pay nothing to the court.
Second offense DUI convictions will mean the convicted individual must complete a Multiple Conviction DUI program. This class is eighteen months in duration and can cost more than $1,000. In rare instances, a defendant can be ordered to complete a thirty month class at a substantially higher cost.
For defendants who were arrested within the county of Los Angeles and subject to the Los Angeles County Superior Court system, a conviction will require the defendant to install an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) for every vehicle he or she owns or operates. The duration the IID must be installed is approximately one year from the date of the conviction. The one exception to this IID installation requirement is when the defendant neither owns or operates a motor vehicle. Under these circumstances, the defendant must be approved by the DMV on waivers. Even if successful at avoiding the IID through waivers, you will not be eligible to obtain a license of any type until the one year IID period has passed.
Retaining the services of an aggressive DUI Defense Attorney is a necessity in any DUI case, all the more so when involving prior convictions. Further, successfully negotiations through a strong offense may mean the reduction or even the avoidance of custody. The legal professionals at this firm have a combined knowledge base of nearly 30 years. With this experience, we have been successfully representing defendants of DUI charges in both court and DMV proceedings. You may contact our office to further discuss the specifics of your case.