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If I install a breathalyzer in my car and go to AA before my court date for my 2nd DUI, will this help my case?

Napa, CA |
Attorney answers 4


These measures will help you to stay out of trouble, and probably help you get your life straightened out.

If you were upright and driving at a .20, then it was not your first rodeo. The prior DUI is a strong clue too. I'm surprised the court is not requiring the interlock and AAs.

These are a good idea, even if the court doesn't give you any consideration. Consider professional counseling too.

Good luck.


It will help but not change a lot of what will go on in court. What you need is a very good attorney that knows the court and DUI laws.
Robert Driessen

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Everything you can do to show the prosecution that you are taking this seriously , will help you.

Matisyahu Wolfberg
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It will only help in the sense that the court may take any arguments you make towards your commitment to rehabilitation more seriously. However, it has drastically less affect than common sense would tell us it should have. The court focuses on the facts of the incident - not the circumstances after.