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I was arrested for a third dui. When I went to court the DA charged me with a first dui so I plead. Can the DA reopen it?

Huntington Beach, CA |
Attorney answers 4


You dodged a bullet. Once you plead and are sentenced, the case is over.


The DA cannot reopen the case after you've been sentenced. Make sure you are able to comply with the court requirements for proof of enrollment and proof of completion of the DUI School. Sometimes you need your lawyer to go back to court and modify the dates so you don't get a bench warrant for failure to complete the first offender school in the timeframe given.


No they cannot reopen the case. The one thing to make sure is that you comply with all the terms of the probation. You may need to take the 18 month class to get your license back from the DMV.
Robert Driessen


Wow. What a fortunate turn of events for you. As long as you comply with the terms of your probation, you slipped by on a technicality.

Be sure that it doesn't happen again as you can't bank on such a lucky break in the future.

Best wishes,

Jason Beahm
Beahm Law
San Francisco, CA 94107