License Ramifications of Misdemeanor DUI with Injury convictions
Vehicle Code section 23153(a)/(b)
DUI with Injury - 1st Offense
Did you know that if you are convicted of your first offense DUI with injury that you face a license suspension of 1 year? Worse yet, if your license is suspended for 1 year as a result of a conviction for a DUI with injury that you will not be able to get a restricted license for that entire year!
DUI with Injury - 2nd Offense
So, if you thought that the license ramifications for a 1st offense DUI with injury are bad, wait until you hear what happens when you receive a conviction for a DUI with injury after you have been previously convicted of a wet reckless, DUI, or DUI with injury for an offense within 10 years of this second DUI. In this case, the license revocation is for 3 years. However, after 1 year of the revocation the driver is eligible to obtain an ignition interlock device license, i.e., the driver can get a license again after taking the drive and written test, paying all fees, and installing an ignition interlock device on any car that the driver is operating.
Did I mention that there is a 30 day minimum jail sentence for a DUI with injury in this scenario? Of course, this assumes that the DUI with injury is charged as a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony. A way around the minimum punishment of 30 days in jail is for your lawyer to get the second DUI with injury reduced to just a second DUI without injury.