Eight DUIs Later . . .
A man received a sentence of six years in prison for his eighth DUI conviction recently, according to reports. The Santa Rosa man received his latest conviction stemming from an October incident in which he allegedly backed his pickup truck across a busy road in Healdsburg. In that incident, he is said to have nearly collided with a semi truck.
Pablo Servin Sanchez had a measured blood alcohol level of .31 or .33 percent according to two tests. Sanchez, 50, had a total of seven previous convictions stretching over a 20-year period. His license had been suspended at the time of the latest incident. As part of his sentence, his license will be revoked for ten years following his release from prison.
Multiple DUIs Can Have Serious Consequences
Being convicted of one DUI is a serious matter, but after the first one or two convictions, the penalties become increasingly harsh. While a first-time, misdemeanor DUI conviction may result in heavy fines and temporary loss of your driver’s license, a third or fourth DUI may result in prison time of some duration.
Normally, DUI is a misdemeanor. However, subsequent DUIs can push the charge to a felony, especially when combined with a very high blood alcohol level. Under repeat offender laws, someone who continues to commit a misdemeanor may eventually be charged with a felony and face much more serious consequences. Additionally, the amount of time a driver’s license is suspended goes up with every subsequent DUI conviction.
What Does This Mean For Me?
Many people think that by pleading guilty to a first-time DUI, they are saving themselves a great deal of trouble and expense. That can be true if you are only convicted of DUI a single time in your life. However, if you ever receive another DUI—something you cannot predict in advance—that guilty plea could come back to haunt you in the future.
Rather than make a “convenience plea,” it is usually better to discuss your case with a qualified criminal defense attorney who regularly handles DUIs. Amerio Law Group attorneys can provide you with legal advice about your DUI charge and help you make the right decision regarding your DUI case, not only for the present but for the future as well.
Talk to Amerio Law Group today about your DUI charge and learn the facts about your rights and how to protect them during a DUI criminal case.