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Second DUI



Are you wondering whether you might expect jail time or what the consequences of a second DUI conviction might be? Make no mistake—Appel & Morse can provide more legal insight into the processes involved in investigating second DUI cases and craft a defense that may work in your favor.

Once someone faces the possibility of a second DUI, which is a misdemeanor in California, it becomes crucial to hire Santa Barbara DUI lawyers to combat the charges skillfully and protect your rights. Call (805) 467-6060 for an appointment.


The lookback period in California is ten years, which means the punishment for subsequent DUI’s increases if you have been convicted of DUI’s within that time frame. You do have the right to request a jury trial if facing these charges, which means that the prosecutors must prove that you committed all of the elements involved in a DUI charge.

  • You were driving in a way that would indicate intoxication
  • You failed at least one of the field sobriety tests that were asked of you
  • You showed telltale signs of intoxication, such as poor balance, slurred speech, or bloodshot eyes
  • Your blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.08 or above

Appel & Morse has handled numerous DUI cases over the years, including assisting those who have had previous DUI charges or multiple convictions.

The penalties for a second DUI include the following:

  • Jail: 96 hours and up to 1 year
  • Fine: At least $390 and up to $1, 000
  • 3 to 5 years of probation
  • Community service
  • License suspension for up to 2 years
  • Attendance in DUI school for 18 months
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

We know that the days pass quickly when fighting these charges, so there is not a moment to waste. In California, you are only given 10 days to fight to regain your driving privileges. We can handle the DMV paperwork as well as the criminal processes involved, to make sure that your life is disrupted as little as possible.


As Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers, we know what to anticipate when these cases turn up in trial. With over 40 years of experience under our belts and a steadfast commitment to protecting the rights of those who have been accused we are confident we can help you protect your reputation and your future from a second DUI conviction.

Begin your defense now and contact us today to schedule a free case consultation.

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