Drivers face severe consequences with prior DUIs on their record.

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Drivers face severe consequences with prior DUIs on their record.

While California law takes all charges of driving under the influence (DUI) very seriously, and drivers with a previous charge on their record face even more strict penalties. Even if drivers make the mistake of driving drunk twice in a decade can face jail time, significant fines and significant time without a driver’s license.

What are the penalties for a second DUI conviction?

Drivers with a previous DUI conviction face more serious penalties if they are charged with another DUI within ten years. These penalties include:

  • Fines—Drivers with one prior DUI conviction will pay a fine of between $390 and $1,000. The court may also order drivers to pay additional fines.
  • Jail time and probation—Drivers will spend between 90 days and one year in jail.
  • License suspension—The Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend drivers’ licenses for two years.

Depending on whether the sentence involves probation, the court may require drivers to complete an alcohol or drug program.

What are the penalties for a third DUI conviction?

Further DUI convictions can result in significantly longer time in jail or off the road. These penalties include:

  • Fines—Drivers with two prior DUI convictions will pay a fine of between $390 and $1,000. The court may also order drivers to pay additional fines.
  • Jail time and probation—Drivers will spend between 120 days and one year in county jail.
  • License suspension or revocation—The DMV will suspend drivers’ licenses for three years.

The court will also declare the driver a habitual traffic offender for three years.

What are the penalties for a fourth DUI conviction?

If a driver has three or more prior DUI convictions in a 10-year period, they can automatically face felony DUI charges instead of misdemeanor charges

  • Fines—Drivers with three or more prior DUI convictions will pay a fine of between $390 and $1,000. The court may also order drivers to pay additional fines.
  • Jail time and probation— Drivers will spend between 180 days and one year in county jail or time in California state prison.
  • License suspension or revocation—The DMV will suspend drivers’ licenses for four years.

Whether you have prior DUI convictions on your record or this is your first time facing charges, defending yourself is key to protecting your rights and your freedom. Speak to an experienced attorney to begin building your case as soon as possible.

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