A first time DUI can lead to serious penalties like license suspension, probation, community service and more. If you have been previously convicted of a DUI offense, each new arrest will lead to even harsher consequences. California lawmakers look to crack down on repeat offenders because statistically they are the most likely demographic to cause a deadly accident. Unfortunately, when considering past DUI convictions, the level of BAC is not a factor. If you have been arrested for DUI in L.A., call a defense attorney at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP right now.
Drivers who have high blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .15% or more are the most deadly group of DUI drivers. This factor does not come into consideration for repeat DUI offenders. For example, you are in college and get arrested for driving with a BAC of .084% which is slightly over the legal limit. You plead guilty just to get the whole thing over with as quickly as possible. Almost a decade later you are stopped again after leaving a holiday party and again have a BAC only slightly over the limit. These two arrests are more an example of bad luck rather that proving a pattern of dangerous behavior. In another example, a driver may have a very high BAC and was very intoxicated. Should this driver be treated the same way for a second offense? This is an interesting question for many DUI attorneys. On one had everyone can make a mistake, but some DUI drivers really do show a pattern of drinking and driving and should receive some sort of treatment.
While there is no good answer to these questions, the important thing to remember in any repeat DUI situation is to call an attorney right away. If you or a loved one have been arrested in L.A. and are facing DUI charges, call Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP right now for a free consultation.