¿Cree que las consecuencias por un primer o segundo DUI parecen duras? Recibir un cuarto cargo de DUI en California implica riesgos exponencialmente mayores. Estamos hablando de posibles cargos por delitos graves, años tras las rejas y multas que ascienden a miles.

Los costes financieros por sí solos de un cuarto DUI ueden destruir vidas. Y eso ni siquiera toca la vergüenza personal o el estigma de unirse a una élite que logra acumular tantas infracciones por conducir en estado de ebriedad.

Sin embargo, a pesar de las grandes probabilidades, aún es posible avanzar si usted o un ser querido se enfrenta ahora a una cuarta infracción. Este blog cubre exactamente lo que un tribunal de California puede ofrecerle y le ofrecerá, las posibilidades de minimizar los daños y cómo puede luchar para garantizar el mejor resultado posible.

California Fourth DUI Charges and Penalties

In California, a 4th DUI within 10 years is a «wobbler» charge, meaning a prosecutor can choose to charge it as either a misdemeanor or felony. The penalties below cover both possibilities.

You Face Substantial Jail or Prison Time

If charged as a misdemeanor, the potential sentence if convicted is 180 days to 1 year in county jail. As a felony, up to 3 years in California state prison is possible. Any injuries/fatalities related to the DUI can further enhance prison time.

Count on a 5-Year License Suspension for your 4th DUI in California

A 4th DUI triggers an automatic 5-year license suspension per California Vehicle Code Section 23550. For many clients, this loss of driving privileges severely impacts their lives and livelihoods.

You Will Need an Ignition Interlock Device

California requires an ignition interlock device (IID) to be installed on your vehicle before you can restore your license after a 4th DUI suspension. IIDs analyze a driver’s breath and disable the vehicle if alcohol is detected.

Enrollment in an 18-30 month California DUI Program May be Ordered.

If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.20% or above, the court will likely order you to complete an 18-30 month DUI treatment program. This is mandatory for license reinstatement.
These are just the baseline penalties. We help equip clients to face their charges by laying out exactly what a 4th DUI conviction entails. However, additional circumstances can greatly enhance consequences.

Aggravating Factors Add Harsher Penalties for 4th DUI in CA

Prosecutors and judges tend to pursue enhanced penalties with 4th DUI offenses. These include additional fines, license suspension, jail time, and more. We routinely contest enhanced penalties by thoroughly investigating our clients’ cases. Several key aggravators we refute include:

BAC of 0.20% or Higher

A BAC exceeding the 0.20% legal limit prompts enrollment in longer DUI programs of up to 30 months before re-licensing. We dispute questionable BAC results to avoid unfair treatment.

Accidents Causing Injury or Death

If the DUI incident resulted in injuries or death, you face 5 years to 15 years to life in prison per California Penal Code Section 191.5(d). By casting doubt on the prosecution’s evidence, we have helped clients avoid devastating convictions.

Speeding Over 100 MPH

Grossly exceeding posted speed limits while DUI can trigger additional county jail time and hefty fines under California Vehicle Code Section 23582. We thoroughly vet traffic data to contest enhancers.

While these penalties seem bleak, most 4th DUI cases have hope, even if the charges initially appear airtight.

Applying for a Restricted License is Critical

One priority we have is assisting clients with obtaining restricted driving privileges during their suspension. Per California Vehicle Code Section 13352, it is possible to get a restricted license in as little as 1 year with the installation of an IID.

Navigating this application process is complex, but preserving driving abilities makes a huge difference in clients’ lives and futures. We guide clients each step as they work toward relicensing. Completing a court-ordered DUI program is also essential to license reinstatement following a 4th DUI conviction.

Long DUI Programs Build Accountability

The length of DUI programs depends on your charges, criminal record, and BAC. Misdemeanor DUI programs range from 3 to 18 months. With a felony DUI, programs extend to 30 months. We support clients in identifying programs fitting their circumstances, as well as securing referrals from respected counselors. By building accountability, these programs teach better decision-making skills for remaining sober behind the wheel.

The penalties for a 4th DUI conviction are certainly severe. However, working with a firm experienced in these cases is the key to overcoming fear to build an effective defense strategy.

Why An Experienced Rancho Cucamonga DUI Defense Firm is Vital

Here at Kolacia Law, clients can expect razor-sharp legal skills combined with compassion for their situation. Founding Attorney Daniel Kolacia possesses over 15 years of criminal defense experience, specifically in California courtrooms. He leads an extensive legal team in safeguarding clients’ futures.

Collectively, our attorneys offer clients their investigative skills to uncover holes in the prosecution’s evidence. We also leverage our relationships with key decision-makers to negotiate charge and penalty reductions whenever appropriate.

Most importantly, we empower clients to make informed choices while guiding them through unfamiliar legal processes.

If you or a loved one need advice on pending 4th DUI charges, contact Kolacia Law immediately for a case review.

Biografía del Autor

Daniel Kolacia es el director ejecutivo y socio director del Bufete de Abogados Kolacia, una firma de abogados de defensa penal en Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Como ex fiscal con más de 15 años de experiencia en defensa penal, conoce ambos lados de la sala del tribunal, una ventaja que utiliza para ayudar a defender a sus clientes. Ha representado celosamente a clientes en diversos asuntos legales, incluidos delitos de cuello blanco, delitos menores, delitos graves, casos de tráfico y otros cargos penales.

Daniel recibió su Juris Doctor de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Southwestern y es miembro de la Asociación de Abogados de California. Ha recibido numerosos elogios por su trabajo y ha trabajado en varios casos de alto perfil presentados en Dateline, CNBC, Los Angeles Times y varias publicaciones locales.

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