Second DUI suspected of Petaluma Man
Petaluma man suspected of second dui. The Press Democrat reported an accident earlier this month involving a man on probation for drunk driving. Witnesses reported that 40-year-old Carlos Sebastian Arana-Reyes appeared to be passed out behind the wheel at a green light. When a bystander approached his car, he proceeded driving until he reached an intersection at Petaluma Boulevard North. As the cars in front of him slowed for the red light, Arana-Reyes struck the car in front of him, which then struck with another. Police officers arrived and reportedly arrested him on suspicion of operating his vehicle while intoxicated. This might be a second dui as according to a press release issued by Petaluma Police Sgt. Rick Cox, officers determined that Arana-Reyes was on probation for a previous DUI conviction, and booked him into the Sonoma County Jail on $100,000 bail. It was also reported that one of the vehicles involved in the accident held a 13-year-old passenger who suffered minor injuries and had to be hospitalized as a result.
Penalties for Second DUI’s and Multiple DUI Offenses
In California, the maximum penalties for first time DUI offenders are immediate license suspension for at least 4 months, 6 months in jail, and one thousand dollars in fines. Other penalties include a fee for license reissue and installation of an ignition interlock device. The judge may choose to apply a DUI program for a period of time, taking into consideration factors such as BAC at the time of arrest. In addition, certain aggravating factors may impact your penalties:
- Having a child under 14 in the car
- Speeding 20 mph over the limit
- Having a blood-alcohol reading over .15%
- Refusing to submit to chemical testing
For second time offenders, the criminal penalties for a conviction within ten years of the first conviction include:
- A $1,000 fine plus penalty assessments
- One year in jail
- Two-year license suspension
- Impoundment of your vehicle up to 30 days
- Required installation of an “interlock” device on all vehicles you own
Driving Privilege Penalties
If you are arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence, the arresting officer will immediately confiscate your license. If you are 21 years of age or older, took a blood, breath, or urine test, and the results showed 0.08% BAC or more, your license can be suspended for four months. A second offense within ten years will result in a one-year suspension.
Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney
There are numerous penalties for multiple offenders. The judge can impose higher fines and penalties for each subsequent offense. The impact of each of these penalties can be substantial, and having a criminal record has many long-term effects. Fines and assessments can also have a considerable financial impact as the costs add up. For this reason, it is best to contact a DUI attorney for help. Experienced DUI attorneys know which legal tactics to employ and can assess whether certain factors can mitigate your case or have it thrown out. Beck Law P.C. serves clients in the Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Ukiah and Lake County areas. One of our experienced attorneys can discuss your case with you and advise you on the best options.