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Is There Mandatory Jail Time for 2nd, 3rd or 4th DUI?

  • By: Ron Hedding
  • Published: August 18, 2020

Will I Face Mandatory Jail Time for a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Time DUI in California?

Those individuals who continue to get DUI’s are definitely going to be forced into jail by prosecutors and judges because of the fact that those individuals are tasked with protecting the public.

They really take the position that once you get a second, third or fourth time DUI that you are a danger to the public, and the most effective and serious punishment they have a jail time.

So, on a second time DUI, yes there is a mandatory minimum of 96 hours in jail — that’s minimum, not maximum, meaning the least amount of jail time you can get for a second time DUI is four days up to a year for that case.

If you have a first time DUI that you’re still on probation for when you get your second one, they can add an additional six months onto your sentence for a total of one year, six months on a second time DUI that you’re on probation for.

Third DUI Carries Mandatory 120 Days in Jail

A third time DUI puts you in a position where you’re looking at a mandatory minimum of 120 days in county jail up to a year.

If it’s filed as a misdemeanor and nobody was hurt in the DUI and then of course, if you’re on probation for your second tie DUI they can add another year on top of that.

So, for a third time DUI, you’re typically looking at two years maximum in county jail or you could get a mandatory minimum of 120 days, and then if you’ve got a probation violation, then you would obviously have to face the judge for that as well.

Fourth DUI Is a Felony and Up To 3 Years in Prison

On a fourth time DUI, that will trigger the case being filed as a felony, so you’d then be looking at up to three years in prison for your fourth time DUI and a felony conviction on your record.Is There Mandatory Jail Time for 2nd, 3rd or 4th DUI?

Of course, all the things that come along with getting a felony, like loss of your ability to get a career because of the felony conviction, loss of your ability to own, use or possess a weapon, loss of your ability to vote and a whole host of other things that come along with that fourth-time DUI.

I think that California is probably one of the toughest of the fifty states in the nation on DUI cases and law enforcement is really tasked with such a heavy population in Los Angeles for arresting and prosecuting people for DUI’s.

There’s literally thousands of DUI’s prosecuted in California every year.  If there’s one thousand crimes arrested in one month in LA county, nine hundred of those crimes are DUI-related offenses — just to give you a perspective on how many people are drinking and driving.

Marijuana and Prescription Medication DUI

So, you put yourself in a position where people who are not criminals are actually getting DUI cases.  They’re just regular people who decided to drink alcohol or even smoke marijuana or even take prescription medication.

They get behind the wheel and then law enforcement gets their hands on them, puts them through field sobriety tests, takes their blood, takes their breath and ultimately ends up sending them into a very difficult system.

What I try to do as your advocate and as your defense attorney for your DUI case is figure out where you fall in the big scheme of things.  Do you fall in the lower end?

Are we able to get you a lesser charge or even a dismissal if they don’t have a good case against you?  Or do you fall on the upper end because of what happened in your case — your dangerousness level?

Developing a Strategy To Fight Your DUI Charges

Were you going 100 miles an hour or did you get in an accident?  Or do you fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes?  Then we’d get a game plan together.

One of the primary things were focusing on and trying to help you out with your DUI case if you’ve got a second, third or fourth DUI, is figure out how we can show the prosecutors that they’re not going to see you again and that we put a plan in place for you to have success.

If it’s your fourth time DUI, you obviously have a problem with alcohol and we’re trying to show them that you’re going take hold of that problem and they won’t see you again.

A lot of times we’ll get people into live-in residential treatment programs or we will use other means at our disposal to be able to show the prosecutors and judges that this is the end of the line for you and you will not get yourself in a position to pick up any more DUI’s and endanger the public in any way.

Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact our office for a free case evaluation at (213) 542-0963.

Ron Hedding

About the Author Named Top Los Angeles DUI Defence Attorney by LA Times and named one of the Top 100 DUI Defence attorneys in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association. I'm the attorney other lawyers hire to defend them.