DUI with Prior Convictions in Brea
In the city of Brea, if you stand before a court for a DUI charge or before the California Department of Motor Vehicles hearing for a second or third charge within a period of 10 years, you are likely to face stiffer penalties for a conviction.
California Vehicle Code 23540(a) states that if you are convicted of a DUI within 10 years from a previous DUI charge, the current DUI will be charged with an enhancement considering the previous conviction(s). If you hav 3 DUIs in a ten year period, the next DUI will be charged as a felony. A DUI with prior convictions in Brea carries progressively stiffer penalties than a first conviction, or a conviction happening more than 10 years after the last conviction.
There are several DUI related convictions that count as priors. Some of them include:
- DUI with injury
- DUI alcohol
- Alcohol Involved Reckless Driving and so On
DUI with priors in Brea will often include the following penalties depending on previous violations and the circumstances of the current case. Penalties will include;
- Acquiring an SR-22 and paying the necessary fines and fees in order to get the SR-22
- License suspension and revocation
- Obligatory drug and alcohol testing before license reinstatement and
- Obligatory installation of an interlock device. The interlock device is a breathalyzer installed in a vehicle
- Increased time in county or state jail
- An increased fine and restitution amount
If you are arrested for a DUI, it is important that you find a DUI attorney to defend your case. It is even more important if you have a prior DUI conviction, that you have an attorney by your side because you face even harsher penalties if you are convicted. Contact our office to speak with one of our DUI specialists today.