i have gotten a 2nd dui last night in los angeles beverly hills hollywood area. and blew a 0.08, will will i be servig jail time if so how long will it be and how can i avoid from going to jail? my dad is blind and diabetic and partially paralized and have to take care of him during the day while my mom is at work. is it possible to get house arrest or any other kind of alternatives besides jail time? and is there always jail time for 2nd dui?
The short answer is... if you are convicted of a 2nd DUI in Beverly Hills jail is required. The longer answer is it depends. Most people think that DUI's are open and shut cases. They are not! Not only can DUI's be fought and won, but they can be reduced to non-DUI charges and avoiding county jail is a real option. You will want to consult with a local DUI defense attorney right away. Look to the California DUI Lawyers Association for help in finding a good DUI attorney.
You're facing the possibility of jail time in addition to a mandatory alcohol awareness program and a long probation. You have a lot to deal with but luckily a good lawyer can get you through this. You would be well served by calling a few attorneys for consultations. Was you first DUI conviction less than 10 years ago?
I agree with Mr. Driessen. Either call DMV yourself or call an attorney who will stop the DMV suspension right away. I would be happy to help. With respect to Beverly Hills/Hollywood, that is one of my regular courts. A .08 is a presumptively beatable case, so with competent counsel you should be able to persuade the DA they are going to lose that case, and they could certainly lose. Beating your case is what keeps you out of jail. If no one was hurt in your case, and you don't have a horrendous record I feel we could keep you driving and out of jail. Its not a guarantee. But that's a friendly court for us. Call if you want a consult.
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