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Multiple DUIs

Multiple DUI Lawyer in La Mesa

Penalties for Second & Third DUI Convictions

In California, second and third DUI convictions generally carry harsher penalties than first-time convictions. While multiple DUI offenses are typically misdemeanors, this does not mean that they should be treated lightly as the consequences of a conviction can have lasting effects on your life.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing penalties such as:

  • Fines, ranging from $390 to $1,000, not including penalty assessments
  • Jail time ranging from 96 hours to 1 year for second-time offenders and 120 hours (with exceptions) to 1 year for third-time offenders
  • Minimum driver’s license suspension of 2 years (second offense) or 3 years (third offense), plus 12-month administrative suspension if BAC was 0.8% or more
  • Probation, typically ranging from 3 to 5 years, and often with conditions that include 18 or 30 months of DUI school

Here at The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider, I understand how overwhelming it can be when you are arrested for a second or third DUI offense. As your La Mesa multiple DUI attorney, I work hard to help you avoid extensive jail time and protect your license. I can help you clearly understand your options and help you navigate the legal system from start to finish.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a second or third DUI, contact my office at (619) 304-8499 to discuss your case and learn more about your options.

Should You Hire a DUI Attorney?

While many DUI cases are handled without the assistance of an attorney, it’s important that you seek legal guidance if you are arrested for a second or third DUI offense. Law enforcement and the prosecution takes all DUI charges very seriously, and this is especially true for multiple offenses.

Consider hiring a multiple DUI defense attorney if:

  • This is not your first DUI charge
  • You believe you are not guilty of DUI
  • You have a commercial driver’s license
  • You want to reduce the charges to reckless driving
  • You wish to avoid jail time/protect your driver’s license
  • Another person was injured or killed in the incident

With more than 26 years of experience, I understand how the legal system works. I take the time to listen to your story, learn the facts of your case, and help you fight for the best possible outcome. Common defenses for multiple DUI charges include breathalyzer errors, lack of reasonable suspicion (improper stop by the police), and incorrect testing, amongst others.

Personalized Representation You Can Rely On

Throughout my years of legal practice, one of the things I’ve learned is that every situation is unique. When it comes to your defense, I don’t take a cookie-cutter approach; instead, I offer personalized legal services that are tailored to your goals. Whether you need to avoid having your life interrupted with extensive jail time or you need to protect your driver’s license so that you can get to work or school, I can help you work to achieve these goals. When you contact The Law Offices of Andrea Schneider, you get me. As your La Mesa DUI lawyer, I do everything I can to help you defend your future.

Call (619) 304-8499 for a free, confidential phone consultation today.

Case Results

Take a look at my victories!
  • Charges Reduced Client was having an affair and got pregnant. In a heightened sense of distress, my client decided it would be best for her and her 4 year old daughter to pass. She gave her liquid drain cleaner thinking she would die peacefully. She was going to then kill herself. Instead, her daughter started choking and coughing. My client snapped out of her emotional state and called for help. My client faced many years in prison. We negotiated with the Deputy District Attorney and she received a few years in prison.
  • Dismissed Client was charged with a battery against her husband. He called the police after she threw something and it hit him during a late night argument. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation. After 18 months we petitioned the Court to have her probation terminated our request was granted, her probation was terminated early and her case was dismissed.
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • No Custody Client got arrested for the first DUI, we resolved it and shortly after he got a second DUI. Residential program instead of custody, and volunteer work instead of public work service.
  • No Actual Custody It was about 4 p.m. and my client had a fight with his wife. He decided to drink 1/2 pint of Vodka and hit the car in front of him and got arrested. He had a .12 blood alcohol content. This arrest was 2 years after a previous DUI conviction. So, he was still on probation. He could have done 90 days to 1 year in custody on this new DUI because of his probation violation. However, he received no actual custody: 96 hours of jail satisfied by CPAC-house arrest, 1 day of Public Service instead of 5, Fines at $50 per month and a no ignition interlock device ordered.
  • No Custody Officer smelled alcohol, said she had slurred speech, red eyes and other symptoms of being under the influence. She had a blood alcohol content of .11 and did not pass the Field Sobriety Tests given by the officer. She had a DUI with 2 DUI priors. Her result was no custody, credit for time served when arrested, no public service and instead did volunteer work, fines at $35 per month, no ignition interlock device ordered and a fine reduction of $575 by client agreeing to do a program.
  • Appeal Our client was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a young mom and her 4 year old daughter. After reviewing thousands of pages from the trial, interviewing witnesses and family members, we found some issues that had not been previously litigated and were able to get these issues sent to State Court.
  • Reduced to Misdemeanor DUI Client fell asleep at the wheel, swerved off the highway and hit the vehicle of a woman and she was hurt very badly. Lots of negotiations with the Deputy District Attorney and got this case reduced to a misdemeanor. Client did not do custody. He had a lot of restitution to pay back to cover the young woman’s medical expenses.
  • No Charges Filed My client slapped her husband after he pushed her and was “handsy” with her. He called the police and she got arrested for battery. He made various statements that were inconsistent and therefore no charges were filed.
  • Drug Court Instead of Prison Represented a client with multiple DUIs. Once he overcame his alcohol addiction he became addicted to pain medication and muscle relaxants. Her was later arrested for a DUI after he hit a parked vehicle. While the District Attorney's Office was testing his blood for drugs, he got in 2 more accidents while driving. I was able to get him Drug Court. Where is a closely supervised 18 month program that will help him achieve sobriety and a lawful lifestyle.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • I will be walking into mediation with my son's father feeling as prepared as possible.

    “I hired Andrea to consult me on a child custody case. She talked me through the whole process thoroughly and explained what you expect as well as how I can best present myself. I am grateful for her assistance.”

    Britney

  • Great Attorney in a difficult time

    “I utilized Andrea's legal services to help me resolve a difficult and bitter child visitation dispute. Andrea was able to successfully make in-roads on a new visitation agreement that both parties could support. I am extremely pleased that Andrea was able to resolve my legal matter within the 45-day deadline I put forth. Although I hope not to have to return to court for another family related matter, however if I did, I would strongly consider retaining Andrea services in the future. Andrea is a true professional and will get the "job" done.”

    Marcel

  • I would recommend her highly.

    “I am very pleased with the representation Andrea has done for me. Being very nervous and stressed with my DUI situation, Andrea has made me feel very comfortable. All of my imposed fines have been less and better than I would have ever thought.”

    Cheryl

  • Her handling of my case in court resulted in the best possible outcome.

    “I want to thank Andrea for her work on my behalf. She guided me through the whole process she is very professional and easy to communicate with. Her handling of my case in court resulted in the best possible outcome. Her motto of helping good people through bad times is very appropriate.”

    Aaron

  • She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.

    “I consulted with Andrea on my difficult child custody case. She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.”

    Brian Hansen