What Are The Punishments For A Second DUI Conviction In Orange County? (CVC 23152(a))
If you are convicted of DUI, you face serious consequences. However, many people fail to understand the severity of these penalties. They don’t take their first DUI conviction serious enough. When that happens, it could lead to a second DUI.
A second DUI conviction in Orange County carries even stricter penalties. That is why you need to help of experienced DUI lawyer if you are facing charges of a second DUI.
When is a DUI Considered a Second DUI?
The term “second DUI” doesn’t seem complicated. It seems like it simply means that you have been convicted of DUI before, and you are facing charges for a second DUI. However, a second DUI case is not that simple, and that could benefit you.
In California, a second or subsequent DUI conviction carries a harsher sentence. But the fact that you’ve been convicted of DUI before does not mean that you will automatically face these more severe penalties. Your DUI is only considered a second DUI if your original DUI conviction occurred within 10 years. If it has been more than 10 years since your last DUI conviction, it will likely not be considered a second DUI.
Penalties for Second DUI Conviction in Orange County
If you are charged with a second DUI within 10 years of your original DUI conviction, you will face serious consequences. If you are convicted of this crime, you face the following punishment:
- You may be placed in county jail for up to 364 days
- You can be assessed a $2,000 base fine. With fees and penalty assessments, this fine could cost you much more than $2,000.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will automatically suspend your driver’s license for one year following your second conviction within 10 years of the first.
If you are accused of DUI, you will likely receive a notice from the police officer or in the mail that your driver’s license is going to be suspended within 30 days. Your experienced DUI attorney may be able to help you keep some of your driving privileges. You must speak to an attorney immediately and request a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest so that you can fight the suspension or revocation of your license.
Your DUI attorney may also be able to help you fight these charges or speak with the local prosecutors and judges to arrange a punishment in which you will not have to serve any time in jail. This can be very beneficial for employment purposes.
Call the DUI Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
If you are facing DUI charges in Orange County, you need to speak to an experienced DUI attorney at Wallin & Klarich. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys know the defenses to this crime, and have been successfully using those valid defenses to fight for our clients freedom for over 40 years. You can put your trust in our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich.
With offices located in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, Sherman Oaks and Torrance, our experienced DUI lawyers are available no matter where you work or live.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.