California does indeed have what you might call a three-strike policy when it comes to DUIs: Minimum penalties increase with subsequent judgments. You could eventually go to jail for a significant period of time under certain circumstances of repeat offense.
As you might imagine, the California law on driving under the influence of alcohol make separate provisions for commercial and other drivers. However, if you were to operate a vehicle on a freelance basis for a rideshare program, you would not require special licenses. This could let you own and operate your vehicle normally, independently of commercial-vehicle laws and insurance policies.
If you have been convicted of a DUI in California, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. In Tulare, Alameda, Sacramento or Los Angeles counties, this is mandatory; however, those convicted in other counties are at the mercy of the judge presiding of the case. Interlock devices enable you to continue driving to work and school even with a DUI conviction.
If you are currently facing a California drinking and driving charge, but you suspect that a falsely elevated breath test result is behind your arrest, you may have concerns about the possible penalties you may face, if convicted. While breath tests are often the primary source of evidence used against suspected DUI offenders, they are not always completely accurate, and inaccurate results can lead to imprisonment, considerable fines and other potential penalties. At the Law Offices of John M. Kucera, we understand the important of Breathalyzer accuracy, and we have assisted many clients who believed their breath test results were inaccurate get to the bottom of things.
Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately for some Californians, these mistakes may involve the police. A previous DUI conviction, however, can make a second drunk driving charge seem less like a mistake and more like a concerning pattern to the state government.