Our DUI defense attorneys appear at the San Francisco Superior Court located at 850 Bryant Street to represent our clients in DUI cases. Misdemeanor cases are heard in one of the courtrooms located on the second floor of the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. If the DUI is charged as a felony, then the case will be heard in one of the courtrooms on the first floor of the Hall of Justice.
We also appear for the California DMV license suspension hearing before a Hearing Officer at the Department of Motor Vehicles' Driver Safety Office located on the second floor at 1377 Fell Street.
A second DUI charge is for driving under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23152, Subdivision (b) after one prior conviction for DUI. Recent DUI statistics in California show that among 2011 DUI arrestees subsequently convicted, 73.7% were first offenders, 19.8% were second offenders, 5.0% were third offenders, and 1.5% were on their fourth-or-more offense.
Attorney for a Second DUI in San Francisco, CA
If you were arrested for a second DUI in San Francisco, CA, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Ticket Crushers. We also represent clients charged with DUI involving a breath or blood test or a refusal to submit to chemical testing.
The penalties for a second DUI in San Francisco, CA, are serious. Call us today to discuss your case at 1 (866) 842-5384.
First Things First — The DMV Hearing
After you are arrested for a second DUI, the officer will take your license and hand you a notice of suspension. The notice tells you that your license will be automatically suspended based on the circumstances of the arrest. You only have 10 days to demand a DMV hearing to contest the administrative suspension. If you do nothing, the administrative per se (APS) suspension will remain on your driving record even if you ultimately avoid a DUI conviction in court.
For a second DUI arrest, the length of the administrative suspension depends on whether or not you submitted to a chemical test.
The length of the ALS Suspension/Revocation after a DUI arrest in California depends on whether you took the chemical test or refused such a test, and whether you have any prior convictions. If you took a chemical test with a BAC level of 0.08 percent or more, then your driving privilege will be suspended for:
- Four (4) months for a first DUI offense, or
- One year for one or more separate offenses within the past 10 years.
If you refused chemical testing, then your driving privileges will be suspended for:
- For a first offense you will receive a one-year suspension
- For a second offense within 10 years of a separate violation of DUI, you will receive a two-year revocation, or
- For a third or subsequent offense within 10 years, you will receive a three-year revocation
The Criminal DUI Case at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, CA
In the State of California, a second conviction for DUI within 10 years of a prior conviction will trigger the following:
- Three to five years of summary probation
- A minimum of 96 hours to a maximum of one year in the county jail in San Francisco
- Between $390 and $1,000 in fines
- A requirement to successfully complete an 18-month or 30-month court-approved California DUI school
- A court-ordered two-year driver's license suspension that cannot be converted to a restricted license for the first 12 months
Finding an Attorney for a Second DUI in San Francisco, CA
If you were arrested for a second DUI in San Francisco, CA, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. The penalties are more serious for a second DUI offense than for a first DUI arrest. When the stakes are high, finding the right attorney for your case is important.
Call the San Francisco DUI Defense Attorneys at Ticket Crushers to discuss your case today. Contact us at 1 (866) 842-5384 today.