2nd, 3rd, and Multiple DUIs

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Santa Cruz, CA Multiple DUI Lawyer

Attorney for Individuals Arrested for their Second, Third, or a Subsequent DUI Charge in Santa Cruz County

Multiple DUI

While penalties for a first-time DUI can be severe, they intensify substantially with successive DUI arrests. If you face DUI charges in California, help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer can be quite beneficial. Attorney John W. Thornton has served the Santa Cruz area since 1990, including defending of over a thousand DUI clients. Attorney Thornton has helped individuals charged with everything from drunk driving to homicide. When you need a trusted and skilled local attorney to guide you through the legal process, he is available to help.

California Criminal Penalties for Multiple DUIs

DUI charges for individuals with a previous charge or conviction can be complicated by possible probation violations, with both the DMV administrative hearing and the DUI criminal court case, and related issues. Also, with your driving record, a DUI accounts for two points, with an additional point if you were involved in an accident. If you accumulate four points in a one-year period, the DMV will initiate a negligent operator proceeding, which can lead to a negligent operator suspension.

In addition to possible incarceration and sizable fines, a second, third, or subsequent DUI can significantly impact your employment, especially if you drive a company vehicle or are on your employer's auto insurance. It can also cause travel difficulties, as Canada places tight restrictions on those with DUI convictions, and you may be denied eligibility for such privileges as Global Entry, CLEAR, and TSA PreCheck. If you already have one of these clearances, it could be revoked.

Ignition Interlock Device

With a law change that took effect on Jan. 1, 2019, some DUI offenders are eligible for an ignition interlock device (IID). This device, which is about the size of a cell phone, only allows a vehicle to start once the driver blows into a breathalyzer test. The driver is also required to submit to periodic tests while the vehicle is in operation. An IID restricted license typically allows you to drive wherever you need to go, not just to and from work.

DUI Defense Strategies

If you have a previous DUI arrest or conviction, you still have rights under the law if you are charged with drunk driving. With a full investigation of your case, Attorney John W. Thornton can determine if law enforcement acted illegally, and contest your DUI at the DMV administrative hearing that addresses your license suspension. He can also provide representation in your criminal court case.

When you enlist the services of Attorney Thornton, he will sit down with you to discuss your options and the best course of action to achieve the most favorable outcome in your case.

Contact a California DUI Lawyer

Attorney John W. Thornton values his role as a trusted and experienced criminal defense attorney for Santa Cruz residents who need dependable legal assistance. With over 25 years of dedicated local service, he is prepared to help you. To set up a free consultation with a devoted Santa Cruz County DUI attorney, contact us today at 831-426-5800.

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