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I got a citation for a dui last week my last one was on 2-19-03 conviction date was 2-11-04 will this be a 1st or 2nd and what h

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Unortunately, the prior runs from the arrest date and not the date of conviction. So, it will be 2 within 10. Get counsel immediately to defend you.

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Richard Franklin Taub

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Oops. Right analysis; wrong conclusion. It runs from both arrest dates. Thus, your new DUI should be a first. As my colleagues indicated, the DA sometimes tries to argue prior is from date of conviction and DMV often does what it wants. So get an attorney.


This should be considered your first DUI because its is from violation date to violation date. But for DMV purposes it may not be. You should most definitely consult with an attorney regarding this to see what if anything you should know before going into court.

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Arrest date to arrest date, so this will be a 1st. HOWEVER, DA sometimes tries to argue that dates run from conviction of prior to arrest of current so seek counsel ASAP.

Also, don't forget to request a DMV hearing within 10 days from date of arrest.

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You should consult an attorney, but it should be a first offense. Priorability runs from arrest date to arrest date.


Should be a first for charging purposes, but you still should setup your DMV hearing within 10 calendar days from your arrest and hire the best locally experienced criminal defense attorney you can afford.

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It is offense date to offense date, so presumable if all of your information is accurate it should result in it being treated as a first. Best to have a DUI attorney who knows what he's doing helping you with this. Most of us here on AVVO offer a free consultation. You should choose the attorney you're most comfortable with in helping you with this case, and who has the experience to do it right!

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Your last DUI should fall outside the ten year window for the current one to be elevated to a second DUI. Nevertheless, you need to ensure your attorney handles the case properly. You shold obtain a free consultation from a local North County defense attorney to ensure you receive the best possible result in this new case.

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I concur with most of the responses provided by my colleagues. California Vehicle Code § 23540(a) expressly imposes enhanced penalties (i.e., increased punishment) for a second misdemeanor DUI conviction if "the offense occurred within 10 years of a separate violation." Remember, even a prior "wet reckless" conviction within 10 years would render your current charge a second DUI.

Assuming your current offense occurred after 02/19/2013, this second offense should fall outside the purview of 23540(a) and preclude the DA from imposing enhanced penalties; hence, your current DUI would be viewed as a first-time DUI. However, your prior offense may still be used to negatively impact the outcome of your case. A California DUI attorney may be able to further advise you re your options moving forward, including filing a Motion to Strike a Prior to challenge the prior conviction, if it becomes necessary.


It should be a first for charging purposes because it goes from arrest date to arrest date. But you still should setup your DMV hearing within 10 calendar days from your arrest and hire the best experienced criminal defense attorney you can afford.

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