Multiple DUI Lawyers in Los Angeles
Aggressive Defense for 2nd, 3rd & 4th DUI Arrests
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence and already have at least one DUI offense on your record, you will face very harsh penalties. In fact, a fourth DUI offense may be charged as a felony DUI, which can result in up to three years in state prison.
If you have been arrested for a second or subsequent DUI, it is important to consult a multiple DUI attorney as soon as possible to begin building a successful defense on your behalf.
Gold & Witham has over 40 years of combined experience and proven methods that have helped hundreds of DUI clients. Call us today at (800) 716-6791!
Challenges Facing Multiple DUI Offenders
It can be exceedingly difficult to successfully defend a multiple DUI case, as prior convictions may influence the way you are treated at your DMV hearing and throughout the criminal court process.
A prior DUI conviction may affect you in the following ways:
- The is predisposed to believe you are guilty.
- A judge may be harsher in determining your sentence.
- The prosecution will probably pursue maximum penalties.
At Gold & Witham, we are familiar with defending multiple DUI cases and have the knowledge, experience, and resources to build a creative and workable defense strategy. Our persistence, as well as negotiation and litigation techniques, help us take your defense as far as it can go.
There is no doubt that your lawyer will have their work cut out for them, but don't give up hope. There are ways in which you can be effectively defended.
Second DUI Penalties
Penalties for a second DUI offense that occurs within 10 years of your first are outlined in the California Vehicle Code § 23540. According to this statute, second-time DUI offenders could face:
- 90 days to 1-year imprisonment in county jail
- Minimum $390 to $1,000 in fines
- Driver's license suspension for two years
- Up to 5 years of probation
If losing your license presents undue hardship to you or your family, you may be able to request restricted driving privileges. According to § 13352 of the Vehicle Code, you may petition for this privilege no sooner than 12 months after your second DUI offense suspension; the court may or may not grant this request. After serving two years of license suspension, an individual can petition to have their driving privileges restored. To do so, the driver must show proof of completion of a treatment program per VC § 13352(a)(1).
Third DUI Arrest & Penalties
A driver who has two prior convictions for drunk driving on his or her record will face all the more serious penalties if convicted of a third offense.
Although the specific penalties may vary depending on the unique circumstances surrounding the case, you may face the following for a third DUI:
- 120 days to 1 year in county jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- 3-year suspension of his or her license
In some cases, additional penalties such as vehicle impoundment, mandatory completion of a DUI education program, and ignition interlock device installation may also be required.
Fourth DUI Arrest: The Felony DUI
In Los Angeles, most drunk driving-related offenses are charged as misdemeanors. However, even a standard DUI offense may be charged as a felony if a driver has three or more prior DUI convictions on his or her record.
A fourth DUI offense may have extremely serious repercussions for a driver, leading to 4-year driver's license suspension, up to 3 years in state prison, and heavy fines.
All of these penalties—along with having a conviction on your criminal record—may jeopardize employment and educational opportunities and may place you at a distinct disadvantage in future ventures. Do not allow your future to be placed at risk because you were arrested for drunk driving and already had a conviction on your record. You can fight against both the administrative and criminal consequences with our help.
Don't Wait to Get Started: Call Gold & Witham Now!
Your future freedom is at stake, and it is strongly advised that you contact Gold & Witham without delay. Investigation of your DUI must begin at once so that our team can work at finding any flaw in the case against you.
At Gold & Witham, our Los Angeles multiple DUI lawyers can review your current DUI charge carefully in order to find anything that will help to defend your case. Our attorneys can also review your past DUI cases in order to see if anything was missed and if the earlier conviction can be overturned. When you work with a lawyer at our firm, you can rest assured knowing we will explore every option and utilize every resource in defending your charges.