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Third Time DUI in California: What to Do and What to Expect

Third Time DUI in California: What to Do and What to Expect

Getting arrested for a third DUI in California is an extremely serious situation that can have severe and long-lasting consequences. At Spodek Law Group, we understand how stressful and overwhelming this can be. With over 50 years of combined experience defending clients against DUI charges, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills to help you navigate this difficult legal process and fight for the best possible outcome.In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about third-time DUI charges in California – from the potential penalties you’re facing to your legal options and defense strategies. We’ll also provide practical advice on what steps to take immediately after your arrest.

What Are the Penalties for a Third DUI in California?

If you’ve been arrested for a third DUI within a 10-year period in California, you’re facing some extremely harsh penalties if convicted. The consequences are much more severe compared to a first or second offense.Here’s an overview of the potential penalties for a third DUI in California:

Penalty Details
Jail Time 120 days to 1 year in county jail
Fines $2,500 to $3,000, plus penalty assessments
License Suspension 3 years
DUI School 30-month alcohol education program
Probation 3 to 5 years of informal probation
Ignition Interlock Device Required for at least 2 years after license reinstatement

As you can see, a third DUI conviction comes with mandatory jail time of at least 120 days. The fines and fees can easily exceed $10,000 when you factor in all the assessments and costs. And you’re looking at a 3-year license suspension, which can severely impact your ability to work and live your daily life.The 30-month DUI school is also a major time commitment and expense. And you’ll be on probation for 3-5 years, during which time any violation could land you back in jail to serve out your full sentence.It’s crucial to understand that these are just the minimum penalties. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be facing even harsher consequences. For example, if there were aggravating factors like an extremely high blood alcohol content (BAC) or an accident resulting in injuries, you may be charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor.A felony DUI conviction can result in a state prison sentence of 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years. It also counts as a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law, which can lead to dramatically increased sentences for any future felony convictions.The bottom line is that a third DUI conviction in California will have a devastating impact on your life. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to have an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side fighting to protect your rights and freedom.

What Should You Do Immediately After a Third DUI Arrest?

If you’ve been arrested for a third DUI in California, it’s normal to feel scared, confused, and overwhelmed. But it’s important to stay calm and take the right steps to protect yourself legally. Here are the key things you should do immediately after your arrest:

  1. Exercise your right to remain silent. Don’t discuss the details of your arrest or make any statements to the police without an attorney present. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
  2. Request an attorney. As soon as possible, clearly state that you want to speak to a lawyer. All questioning should stop at that point.
  3. Write down everything you remember. As soon as you’re able, make detailed notes about the events leading up to and during your arrest while it’s still fresh in your mind. This information could be crucial for your defense.
  4. Gather witness information. If there were any witnesses to your arrest or the events preceding it, try to get their names and contact information if possible.
  5. Get medical attention if needed. If you were injured during your arrest or have any medical issues, make sure to seek treatment and document everything.
  6. Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney ASAP. Time is of the essence in DUI cases. The sooner you have a skilled lawyer working on your defense, the better your chances of a positive outcome.

At Spodek Law Group, we offer 24/7 availability for DUI arrests. We understand that these situations don’t just happen during business hours. You can call us anytime at 212-300-5196 for a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI defense attorneys.

What Are Your Legal Options for a Third DUI in California?

When you’re facing a third DUI charge in California, it may feel like you have no options. But that’s simply not true. With the help of a skilled defense attorney, there are several potential strategies we can pursue:

1. Fight the Charges

Just because you’ve been arrested doesn’t mean you’re guilty. There may be grounds to challenge the evidence against you and potentially get the charges reduced or dismissed. Some potential defense strategies include:

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  • Challenging the legality of the traffic stop or arrest
  • Questioning the accuracy of field sobriety tests or breathalyzer results
  • Arguing that your blood alcohol content was rising (and below the legal limit while driving)
  • Showing that you were not actually driving the vehicle

2. Plea Bargaining

In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a plea deal for reduced charges or penalties. For example, we may be able to get the charges reduced to a “wet reckless” (reckless driving involving alcohol), which carries less severe consequences than a DUI.

3. Alternative Sentencing Options

California law allows for some alternative sentencing options in DUI cases, which can help minimize jail time. These may include:

  • House arrest with electronic monitoring
  • Work furlough programs
  • Residential alcohol treatment programs

4. Diversion Programs

In rare cases, it may be possible to get into a diversion program that allows you to avoid a conviction by completing certain requirements like treatment and community service.

5. DMV Hearing

In addition to the criminal case, you’ll also need to deal with the DMV to try to save your driver’s license. We can represent you at your DMV hearing and fight to prevent or minimize your license suspension.The best strategy for your case will depend on the specific circumstances and evidence involved. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced DUI defense attorney who can thoroughly evaluate your case and advise you on the best path forward.

Why You Need an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney

When you’re facing a third DUI charge in California, the stakes are incredibly high. The potential consequences can impact every aspect of your life – from your freedom and finances to your job and relationships. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial to have a skilled and experienced DUI defense attorney on your side.At Spodek Law Group, we have decades of experience successfully defending clients against DUI charges in California. We know the ins and outs of DUI law, and we’re intimately familiar with the local court systems and prosecutors. This allows us to build the strongest possible defense for each client’s unique situation.Here are just a few of the ways we can help with your third DUI case:

  • Thorough case evaluation: We’ll carefully review all the evidence against you, looking for any weaknesses or inconsistencies that could be used in your defense.
  • Aggressive defense strategies: We’ll explore every possible avenue to fight the charges, from challenging the traffic stop to questioning the accuracy of BAC tests.
  • Skilled negotiation: If appropriate, we’ll work to negotiate a favorable plea deal that minimizes the consequences you’re facing.
  • DMV hearing representation: We’ll fight to protect your driving privileges at your DMV hearing.
  • Trial experience: If your case goes to trial, we have the courtroom skills and experience to present a compelling defense to the jury.
  • Personalized attention: We understand how stressful this situation is. We’ll be there to support you every step of the way, answering your questions and keeping you informed about your case.

Don’t try to face a third DUI charge on your own. The consequences are simply too severe. With Spodek Law Group on your side, you’ll have a dedicated team fighting tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Third DUIs in California

Here are answers to some common questions we hear from clients facing third DUI charges in California:Q: Will I definitely go to jail for a third DUI?A: While jail time is mandatory for a third DUI conviction in California, there may be alternatives like house arrest or work release programs that can minimize your time behind bars. We’ll explore all options to keep you out of jail if possible.Q: How long will my license be suspended?A: A third DUI conviction typically results in a 3-year license suspension. However, we may be able to help you obtain a restricted license for work purposes after a certain period.Q: Will I lose my job because of a third DUI?A: This depends on your specific employment situation. Some jobs, especially those involving driving, may be at risk. We’ll work to minimize the impact on your employment as much as possible.Q: Can I get a third DUI expunged from my record?A: In some cases, yes. After completing probation, you may be eligible to have your DUI conviction expunged. This can help mitigate some of the long-term consequences.Q: How much will a third DUI cost me?A: The total cost can easily exceed $10,000 when you factor in fines, fees, increased insurance rates, and DUI school. We’ll work to minimize these costs as much as possible.Q: Should I just plead guilty to get it over with?A: Absolutely not. The consequences of a third DUI conviction are far too severe to simply plead guilty without exploring all your options. Always consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney before making any decisions about your case.

Contact Spodek Law Group for Help With Your Third DUI Case

If you’re facing a third DUI charge in California, don’t wait to get legal help. The sooner you have an experienced attorney working on your defense, the better your chances of a positive outcome.At Spodek Law Group, we offer free consultations to discuss your case and explain how we can help. We’re available 24/7 to take your call at 212-300-5196. You can also visit our website at https://www.federallawyers.com to learn more about our DUI defense services.Remember, a third DUI charge doesn’t have to ruin your life. With the right legal representation, you can fight these charges and work towards the best possible resolution. Don’t face this alone – contact Spodek Law Group today and let us put our experience and skills to work for you.

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