Last month, California Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) introduced a bill that would permit judges to permanently revoke the driver's licenses of people who have more than three DUI convictions on their record.
Hill said the bill was inspired by a Northern California man who has been convicted of DUI eight times. A judge eventually reinstated his license, and sure enough he was charged with DUI a ninth time.
For Hill, this case illustrated a serious flaw in the state's DUI laws.
Under current law, judges can only suspend the license of a repeat DUI offender. If Hill's bill passes, judges would have the authority to permanently revoke the license of a repeat offender with more than three DUI convictions.
Hill also wants to remove the part of California's current DUI laws that state a DUI conviction is "erased" after 10 years.
Statistics show that repeat DUIs are a problem throughout the state:
- 154,000 people have two DUI convictions
- Over 34,000 people have three or more DUI convictions
- In 2008, more than 1,000 people were killed by a drunk driver and 28,000 were injured.
Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney
If you have multiple DUI convictions on your record, it is important to take your situation seriously. As you can see, the state is beginning to crackdown on repeat DUI offenders, and the district attorney assigned to your case will not hesitate to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and seek tough penalties, including the revocation of your driver's license. When faced with a second, third, fourth, or subsequent DUI, you can trust a skilled Orange County DUI defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to protect your rights and work hard to get your charges reduced and your case dismissed.