Multiple DUI Convictions Carry Serious Consequences for Californians

Multiple DUI convictions? Any person charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in the state of California may face serious consequences. A DUI conviction may mean costly fines, probation, court-ordered substance abuse treatment, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, and time behind bars. Though even first-time offenders can receive serious sentences that will significantly affect their lives, the penalties become increasingly harsher with each subsequent DUI offense. Recently, two Californians made the news for multiple DUI convictions.

David Cassidy

Don't Drink and DriveDavid Cassidy recently made headlines after he pleaded no contest to DUI in a California court. This was the third DUI conviction for the former Partridge Family actor and teen idol since 2011, and his second DUI offense within six months. Though his manager stated to the media that Cassidy had just completed time in rehab for alcohol abuse, tests reported he had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .19 percent–over twice the legal limit—when he made an illegal turn and was stopped by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers.

As a result of his plea deal, Cassidy will not spend time in jail, but the court did order him to return to rehab for at least three months. Additionally, Cassidy will have to undergo nine months of alcohol education classes, pay an undisclosed amount in fines, and serve five years of probation. If Cassidy faces a fourth DUI in the future, he will likely be charged with a felony and face correspondingly more serious penalties.

Pablo Servin Sanchez

Pablo Servin Sanchez, a 50 year-old man from Northern California, was driving on a suspended license when he supposedly backed his truck across a busy street on October 3, 2013. Sanchez almost caused a serious accident with a large commercial semi-truck in the process, and he was pulled over by law enforcement officers. Sanchez was subjected to three different BAC tests, one of which reported his BAC level at .33 percent and two of which reported his BAC at .31 percent. The legal BAC limit for driving is .08 percent.

To make matters worse for Sanchez, he had racked up seven prior DUI-related convictions on his record over the course of the past 20 years. A Sonoma County judge recently sentenced Sanchez to the maximum possible penalty for the charge—six years in state prison. Additionally, after Sanchez is released from prison, his driver’s license will be revoked for at least another ten years.

As you can see, multiple DUIs in California can carry very serious consequences. For this reason, you never want to take DUI charges lightly and try to represent yourself. An experienced DUI attorney will know how to negotiate with prosecutors to limit or eliminate the consequences you may face. Even if it is your first DUI, you want to avoid having any conviction on your record if possible.

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI or are currently facing charges, call the experienced attorneys at Beck Law P.C. as soon as possible to discuss your case.

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