Los Angeles DUI statisticians often chart the rise and fall of fortunes of local movie stars, politicians, and actors. But this post will examine something a little less personal but potentially pretty intriguing; namely, what is the record number of Los Angeles DUI arrests for a single person?
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics put out in 2009, nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. have at least five DUI convictions on their records. Extrapolating from the numbers, it is safe to say that several thousand people have ten DUI arrests or more. One online search reports that an individual in Illinois got a whopping 22 DUI convictions!
An AP story from April 12th has reported that a 49-year old man named Thaylin Shawn Pierce of Billings, Montana recently pled guilty to his 11th DUI. This comes on the heels of an arrest made back in November 2008, when Pierce was pulled over near a casino with a BAC in excess of 0.09%. (Remember that California’s legal limit, according to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (b) is 0.08%).
If you drive with this much alcohol in your system or more, you can be subjected to arrest and penalties ranging from points on your license to loss of your license to jail time to mandatory installation of interlock ignition device (IID) on your vehicle, which you will have to pay for and maintain.
If you are arrested four or more times for DUI in Beverly Hills, for instance, within a span of 10 years of less, you can be subject to intense punishments. These include a minimum of 180 days in jail – that’s if the charge is only a misdemeanor – if it’s a felony, you can have significantly more jail time – up to three years. You’ll also see your California license suspended for three years, and you won’t be eligible for a restricted license for either work or school for four whole years. In addition, you will have to attend DUI alcohol school for 18 months and you will likely face huge court costs and fines along with strict terms of probation.
If you are arrested for driving under the influence in Beverly Hills in conjunction with a hit-and-run injury accident or any accident that results in injury to another person, your charges can be higher still. The state does not look fondly upon recidivist (repeat) Southern California DUI offenders.
If you or a family member has been tagged for multiple Beverly Hills DUI arrests, what should you do?
In addition to seeking treatment ASAP for alcohol related problems, it may behoove you to connect with an attorney who you can explain your rights and responsibilities under the law.
A strong lawyer, like Attorney Michael Kraut of the Kraut Law Group in Los Angeles, can make a huge difference in terms of the kind of punishment you may ultimately receive and the terms of your probation. Moreover, a savvy attorney can potentially challenge the arrest and get the charges dismissed or reduced.
Attorney Kraut is a highly regarded lawyer – both by former clients and by judges and prosecutors. He served for a long time (14 plus years) as a Senior Deputy District Attorney for LA, so he really understands how prosecutors think about DUIs and he uses this insight to build better cases for his clients.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Beverly Hills or you are under investigation for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.