A second DUI conviction occurs when your present DUI conviction is within 10 years of a prior DUI conviction. A second-time DUI conviction in Riverside is punished more severely than a first DUI conviction. Here is a list of potential consequences you are facing:
For your second DUI offense within 10 years, you could be facing up to one year imprisonment in county jail. You may also be sentenced to up to five years of probation following any jail time you serve. If you violate any of your probation terms while on probation, the court can revoke your probation and sentence you to county jail for up to one year.
Fines and Fees
You also face a fine of between $390 and $1,000 for your second DUI conviction within 10 years. The court will also charge other DUI-related fees, including:
- A penalty assessment
- Mandatory state restitution fine
- Alcohol abuse education fee
- DUI lab/blood alcohol penalty
- Alcohol & drug assessment program fee
- Probation revocation restitution fine
- Court operations fee
- Criminal conviction assessment fee per conviction
- Criminal conviction assessment fee per infraction; AND
- Booking fee
These fees can add up to $2,000.
Loss of Driver’s License
Your second DUI conviction will also lead to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) suspending your driver’s license for up to two years. You may be able to apply for a restricted driver’s license, which only allows you to drive to and from work and to and from any alcohol program. If you retain a Wallin & Klarich attorney for your DUI case within 10 days of your arrest, we can demand a DMV hearing to potentially avoid the DMV suspending your license.
After your suspension period, you may have your driver’s license reinstated by the DMV. To get your license reinstated, you must go to the DMV and show that you have completed a DUI treatment program and paid all of your court-assessed fees. Then, you must pay a $55 reissue fee and a $100 administrative fee to the DMV to get your license reinstated.
If you have a DUI conviction on your record, your car insurance company may cancel or significantly increase your insurance premiums. Your insurance premium rates could increase by as much as $1,000 per year for seven years, totaling $7,000.
California’s SB-38 program requires people who have been convicted of DUI on more than one occasion within a seven year period to enter into an 18-month treatment and education program. Even if the court does not order you to go through this program, you must complete it before the DMV will re-issue your driver’s license.
You will also have to take time off from work to attend court hearings for your DUI case. You will lose the income you would have received had you been at work during your court hearings. A DUI conviction can also cause you to lose your job or make it difficult for you to find a job. However, if you hire a Wallin & Klarich DUI Defense Attorney, we can appear in court for you (with the court’s permission) at the court hearings, so you do not have to appear in court and lose your income and protect your job.
Riverside DUI Defense Attorney
The experienced Riverside DUI Defense Attorneys from Wallin & Klarich can help you to hopefully avoid a high percentage of these costs, as well as possible jail time and the suspension of your driver’s license. We know what you and your family are going through. You do not have to fight your DUI case alone.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI in Riverside, you need an experienced DUI Defense Attorney to represent you. The DUI Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience successfully defending DUI cases. We have the knowledge and experience to help assist you in your DUI case. We have offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, and Sherman Oaks. Call us now at 877-4-NO-JAIL or 877-466-5245. We will be there when you call.