Third DUI Offense Attorney in Fresno
What You Need to Know About California DUI Law
Just as with a
second DUI offense, California provides for strict penalties for those charged with a third
driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Law enforcement in Fresno will
consider a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent
or higher to be impaired. Although for
drivers under the age of 21, the limit is 0.01 percent, and for commercial drivers, the BAC limit
is 0.04 percent or higher. Additionally, driving under the influence of
drugs, both illegal and legal, can result in a DUI charge.
The Penalties for a Third DUI Offense
The penalties imposed after a third DUI offense in California are even
harsher than those associated with the first or second DUI. This can include
losing your driver's license for up to a year, fines of up to $2,500,
minimum 120 days to one year in jail, and further California alcohol/DUI
education through a state approved program. In addition, you will required
to file for SR22 proof of insurance for three (3) years, which can triple
the cost of auto insurance.
Additionally, if you refuse a breath or blood test after arrest, your driver's
license will be automatically suspended for three years. This is because
of California's "implied consent" laws, which assume a driver's
consent to chemical testing in exchange for the privilege of driving on
The state prosecutor may also request to have you remanded into custody
out of a professed concern for the safety of the local community. The
court will make this decision based in part on whether you will appear
for pretrial hearings and later trial. An experienced DUI attorney can
make all the difference in keeping you out of jail while awaiting your
hearing. Local Fresno DUI attorneys Terry Wapner and David Jones are familiar
with the local judges and prosecutors, and understand what it takes to
secure your freedom during this difficult process.
Third DUI Alcohol Education Program
After a third DUI conviction in Fresno, you will be required to attend
an even longer DUI/alcohol education program. This requires enrollment
and attendance in a minimum 18-month program or 30-month program, which
- Group Counseling (78 hours)
- Alcohol and Drug Education (12 hours)
- regularly scheduled interviews.
To learn more about defending your third DUI charge in the entire central
valley, including Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties,
contact our lawyers at (559) 257-4707.