DUI – THE SECOND TIME

Posted on: September 4, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b)

Orange County DUI defense attorneyFirst-time offenders are the overwhelming majority of DUI offenders in California. They’re charged once, convicted once, serve their sentences, and “learn their lessons.” If – within a ten-year period – you’re charged a second time in California with DUI, and if you’re convicted, the penalty will be harsher, and the judge will have more penalties available to impose on you. If you’re arrested for a second California DUI in Orange County under California Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b), you’re going to need good defense representation, and you’re going to need it immediately. Contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney after any arrest for DUI in Orange County.

In California, a second DUI conviction within ten years of a first DUI conviction – or within ten years of a “wet reckless” conviction – could put you behind bars for a year and cost you a $1,000 fine. That second conviction also means that your driver’s license will be suspended for two years, you’ll be on probation for three-to-five years, and you’ll spend eighteen-to-thirty months in mandatory DUI education.

The good news is that even if you’ve been convicted of DUI within the previous ten years, an arrest isn’t necessarily a conviction, and a prosecutor still must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The charge might be dropped – or you might be found not guilty – for a number of reasons. The police may have violated your rights before, during, or after you were arrested. DUI testing procedures may have been violated. Your DUI lawyer will challenge the state’s evidence and advocate aggressively for justice on your behalf.

Talk To A Orange County DUI Defense Attorney

The best advice is the advice everyone knows: don’t drink and drive. That’s the only sure way to avoid a first, second, or subsequent DUI conviction. Take a cab, arrange for a designated driver, or if you must, get a room for the night. It may be inconvenient, but it’s nothing compared with the inconvenience of fines and incarceration. Do whatever it takes to avoid driving under the influence in southern California. If you are accused of DUI in Orange County – or falsely accused – get the legal help you need and speak at once to an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.

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