Multiple DUI Offenses in Orange County, CA

We Can Help You Fight a Second, Third or Fourth DUI Conviction

At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, our criminal defense lawyer knows that repeat DUI offenders in Orange County are treated very differently than other parts of California. While some people think that a DUI case involving prior convictions would end the same if they were arrested in Los Angeles, our county actually has a reputation for imposing stiffer penalties. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to secure the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as you have been arrested.

When faced with prosecution for a second, third or fourth DUI offense, the first step that your DUI defense attorney should take is to review the paperwork from your prior convictions. The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs can order all important documents from the courts and examine them for errors. If certain errors exist, a motion to strike the prior conviction(s) can be filed. Our firm has been representing clients against tough criminal charges for more than three decades, so you can trust that we know what it takes to win.

What penalties could I face if I have prior DUI convictions?

If you have been convicted of a DUI offense in the past, the penalties you now face will be more severe. Driving under the influence is a "priorable" offense, which means that the penalties will increase with each subsequent offense. You will typically be charged with a misdemeanor for a first, second or third offense, but you could face felony DUI charges if you are arrested for your fourth DUI within 10 years.

The penalties for a second DUI conviction may include:

  • 4 days to one year in county jail
  • Between $390 and $1,000 in fines
  • License suspension for two years
  • Three to five years of probation

The penalties for a third DUI conviction may include:

  • 120 days to one year in county jail
  • Between $390 and $1,000 in fines
  • License suspension for three years
  • Three to five years of probation

The penalties for a fourth DUI conviction may include:

  • 180 days to 16 months in state prison
  • Between $390 and $1,000 in fines
  • License suspension for four years
  • Designation as a habitual traffic offender

What does it mean to be a habitual traffic offender (HTO)?

If you have been designated a habitual traffic offender (HTO) under California Vehicle Code 14601.3—which is common for repeat DUI offenders—you could face additional punishment. For a first offense, you could be placed on informal probation for three years, sentenced to 30 days in county jail and asked to pay a $1,000 fine. For a second or subsequent offense within seven years, you could be placed on informal probation for three years, sentenced to 180 days in county jail and asked to pay a $2,000 fine.

Should I plead guilty to my drunk driving charges?

DUI cases involving prior convictions are often more complex because if a person is convicted after trial, he or she may be sentenced to a very significant amount of jail time—which may exceed the amount imposed pursuant to a plea agreement. This usually does not happen in a first offense. Over the last 30 years, Attorney Barney B. Gibbs has seen inexperienced lawyers go to trial on DUI cases that should not have been tried. He has also seen defendants plead guilty when they, likewise, shouldn't have.

Every case is different, which means that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to your criminal charges. Your case should be evaluated by an Anaheim DUI lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Attorney Gibbs has represented more than 2,500 cases over the last three decades—1,100 of which were dismissed—so you can feel confident in the future of your case when you come to The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs for guidance. Contact our office for a free consultation!

You Deserve Experienced & Aggressive Representation

When The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs represents a person charged with multiple DUIs, our Anaheim DUI defense attorney carefully reviews the facts of the case as well as the priors. We will then convey to our clients any strengths and weaknesses the case may possess. At this point, we will determine the best course of action. Our clients are carefully advised of the possible ramifications of trial and negotiating a settlement. Clients then choose, based upon a full and complete understanding of the case and its potential consequences, what course of action is best for them.

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