Defenses to Fourth Offense DUI & Punishments
A fourth offense DUI is typically alleged as a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152 (a) and (b) - along with a special allegation that the person suffered three prior DUI convictions. If a person has previously been convicted three times of a DUI or "wet reckless" before, and the arrest for the prior offenses occurred less than 10 years before the new DUI arrest, then the person is most likely up against a fourth offense DUI charge. A fourth offense DUI can be a felony or a misdemeanor.
Defenses to Fourth Offense DUIs
For over 30 years our firm has defended thousands of DUI cases. Our firm wrote the leading treatise on DUI defense used by DUI attorneys across the country. We have obtained countless not guilty verdicts in DUI trials, including serious felony DUIs, and have obtained dismissals on even more DUI cases before trial.
There are many defenses that may be applicable to your case. You can learn more about drunk driving defenses here.
Bartell, Hensel & Gressley's team of DUI attorneys have offices in Temecula and Riverside. Bartell, Hensel & Gressley's DUI lawyers are happy to meet with you at any time to discuss the potential defenses in your case. We defend cases primarily in Riverside and San Bernardino County, Orange County, but also Mammoth DUIs, Victorville DUIs, and more.
Potential Punishments for Fourth Offense DUI
A fourth offense DUI can be a misdemeanor or felony. As a felony, a fourth offense DUI can carry a maximum sentence of three years in the county jail under Penal Code section 1170(h). As a misdemeanor, a fourth offense DUI carries a minimum punishment of 180 days in the county jail and not more than one-year. Fourth offense DUIs carry a very real possibility of jail time, and a DUI attorney should be consulted.
Potential License Suspension for Fourth Offense DUI
Persons facing a fourth offense DUI may have their driving privileges suspended two separate ways. First, the DMV will automatically suspend a person's driving privilege for 12 months thirty days after a DUI arrest unless the driver requests a hearing with the DMV within 10 days of the date of the arrest. This DMV hearing is wholly separate from any court proceedings. Secondly, a person can also lose their license if they are convicted of fourth DUI in court. Upon a conviction for a fourth offense DUI, the court notifies the DMV of the conviction, and the DMV will impose a 48 month suspension. The court may also designate the person a habitual traffic offender and impose a three-year revocation of the person's license.
Restricted License Options for Fourth Offense DUI
Fourth offenders are potentially eligible to get back on the road before the suspension period is over. A driver can serve 12 months of the 48 month suspension, enroll in the DUI class (18/30 month), obtain a SR22, install an Ignition Interlock Device in all of their vehicles, and then the DMV will potentially reissue a non-restricted license at that time.
Who You Hire Makes the Difference
Bartell, Hensel & Gressley has defended thousands of DUI cases, and our lawyers train other attorneys across the nation on DUI defense. Our firm wrote the leading treatise on DUI defense, which is used by lawyers across the country. Who you hire can make all the difference in your case. Call us today at (951) 788-2230 to get our team of DUI lawyers on your case.
Bartell, Hensel & Gressley has offices in Temecula and Riverside, and practices throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta, and Orange County.
We understand that being accused of a crime is one of the most challenging times of your life. Rely on us to advocate for your rights and to give you the defense you deserve.