Can I expect jail time with a second DUI, and can I get a restricted license sooner than the normal 1-year suspension?
Can you go to jail for your second DUI? I was arrested by CHP a few days ago around 9:30pm for my second DUI offense. My first offense was 1 year ago. I was pulled over for speeding. I gave the officer my license and registration, and then he came back and asked how much I had to drink. I told the officer I had a few beers during the day, having my last around 4:30 - 5pm.
I was asked to perform several DUI tests, which I passed very well in my eyes, as well as the witness' with me. Then I performed a breath test, two times before he arrested me and again after I was put in the car. The last one he let me see, which was a 0.12. I was sent to jail spent 24 hours in the loop and was eventually bailed out. I'm concerned because I'm very self reliant, and I have a good stable job that depends on me that i cannot afford to lose.
This is my second DUI in California, will I get jail time?
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As everyone else has informed you, jail time is mandatory on a second time DUI. However, depending on the judge you are in front of, you may be able to serve that time as house arrest.
Your blood alcohol level is not very high and speeding as the basis for the stop is not the worst reason for being stopped. At least you were not involved in a collision, which would be much more aggravating. The fact that you have a good job (along with various other factors) may help bolster your chances of getting home confinement.
You will be facing a probation violation for the 1st DUI, which will most likely carry an additional penalty.
Before you think about pleading guilty, however, speak to an attorney about the facts of your case. At least take the opportunity to see what the strengths and weaknesses of your case are to be better informed as to how to proceed.
The Code requires a mandatory minimum jail sentence for second DUI in California but that can potentially be converted to house arrest or other alternative sentencing.
Regarding the license suspension - yes, it is possible to shorten the suspension period and get a restricted license with certain parameters being met - the main one is the installation of an ignition interlock device.
Don't miss the 10 day window to set a hearing with the DMV to challenge the automatic suspension of your license. You only have 10 days from the date of your arrest.
The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.
I agree with the other attorneys that jail time is typically mandatory for a repeat DUI offense. While you will likely have to serve some length of time, the sentencing judge will likely give you time credit for the 24 hours you have already spent locked up. Further, you have a relatively low BAC, which should help with sentencing. Also, you do not have to participate in field sobriety tests, so hopefully you're never in that situation again, but remember to refuse to do them.
Good luck to you in your situation, and consult with an attorney immediately.
The other attorneys are missing something here!
Firstly, yes, jail is mandatory for 2nd time offenders (at least 96 hours and up to a year); however, you may be able to qualify for alternative options: electronic monitoring, house arrest, work furlough, SCRAM bracelet, weekends, city jails, etc.
Here is what they missed: you are likely on DUI probation from your first. Therefore, if you lose the DMV hearing, you will get a 1 year suspension THAT IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR A RESTRICTION! This is because the hearing is not just about having a 2nd DUI in 10 years, but "driving with a 01% BAL or higher while on DUI probation! No restriction is permitted! The IID device is only for 2nd timers who are NOT on DUI probation."
Also, if you get a conviction in COURTfor a 2nd time in 10 years, the DMV will then suspend for 2 years (to run at the same time as their 1 year suspension). NORMALLY, an IID device, SR22, enrollment in 18 mo. program and $125 to DMV will get you a FULL license (call "IID Restricted") that allows you to drive anywhere, AFTER 90 days of that 2 year suspension. However, the .01% suspension will control. Therefore, you MUST serve the 1 year, THEN if you put on an IID (and the other terms), you can get the "full" driving privilege for the 1 year remaining on that 2 year suspension.
Hope that makes sense. Get a lawyer right away. You only have 10 days to contact DMV to get a hearing.
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The other attorneys are correct in their assessment of your situation. However, if you stopped drinking when you said that you did, you shouldn't have a .12 blood alcohol result. Something is not adding up.
In California a 2nd DUI carries a mandatory jail sentence. The amount of time is dependent on a number of factors, including your BAC and the time period between the first and second DUI. Your BAC was not high so that is not an aggravating factor. The fact that you have a good job is also another positive factor for you.
Depending on what court your case is in some judges will allow you to do home confinement or the SCRAM program as an alternative to a jail sentence. While this would not be your first option if the court does not permit those options, private jail is another option. You are allowed to spend your time at a City Jail and are released to go to work.
With respect to your CDL you may be eligible for a restricted CDL after an initial suspension. This involves the installation of an IID on your car. Do not forget to set your DMV hearing. You only have 10 days from the date of arrest to set it.
Before going to court, you should consult with an attorney to review your case. Most attorneys will offer an initial complimentary consultation.
If you are convicted of the second DUI, jail time is mandatory. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you with your situation to avoid that if it possible.
Jail is typically mandatory for repeat offenders, esp when previous conviction is within a year. In addition, limited driving privileges are usually not available to repeat offenders.
In the future, refuse any tests, the cops are only gathering evidence to use in court. Visit my site for what to do if you are stopped and been drinking.
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