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There have been an increase in the amount of DUI’s that are given out each year within the United States overall. Within the state of California, DUI’s are taken very seriously because there are many more drivers than in other states due to California’s lack of public transportation. For this reason, the state of California takes the DUI offense very seriously and requires certain requirements to be met in order to maintain one’s drivers license. Particularly if you are having your third DUI in California, you are going to have a very difficult time demonstrating to a judge that you have turned over a new leaf and are able to move forward with driving without endangering the lives of others.
If you are convicted with your third DUI within the state of California, your punishment automatically becomes so severe because you did not modify your behavior after your first two DUI convictions. Your punishment in this instance would be between three to give years of probation, any period between 120 days and 1 year in jail, between $390 and $1,000 in possible fines that you will have to pay, a requirement to complete a 30-month court certified DUI education program, a three year revocation of your California driver’s license, which will then convert into a license that is for restricted use, and an additional designation as a “habitual traffic offender” by the DMV. In more severe cases, there may be a recommendation of installing a breathalyzer into your vehicle to ensure that you no longer are able to get behind the wheel when you are intoxicated. The logic behind these severe penalties is to force the individuals to get help so that they do not cause a threat to themselves and those around them who are innocents.
Upon being charged with your third DUI offense, it is highly recommended that you obtain legal counsel to ensure that you are having the best possible representation throughout your case. The reason for this is that the second you walk into a court room with your third DUI charge, a judge is not going to be so forgiving. Additionally, if your third DUI has caused damage to another innocent party, you are going to need an attorney by your side to help you navigate the complex legalities of your case. By doing this, you will be able to have some of the pressure taken off of you to represent yourself and allow a professional to assist you.
Our firm specializes in handling those who are being charged with first, second, and third DUI offenses. What we typically recommend is to contact our office in order to set up a consultation appointment in which one of our associate attorneys will examine your case and ascertain whether you have any possible defenses or ways to lessen the severity of your sentence. If it is your third DUI offense, these efforts will be crucial to your case so that your license does not become revoked permanently. Thus, do not hesitate to contact our firm today and we would be elated to potentially assist you with your upcoming DUI case.