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3. Is it worse if my prior was recent?

Yes, the best Solano DUI lawyers should explain that in most cases, if there are no viable defenses in the current DUI case, then additional hurdles will likely be present as a result of a more recent prior DUI conviction, such as a violation of probation charge in Solano County (usually at least an additional 30 days of jail exposure), and possible remand to jail or much tougher conditions of release during the progress of the court case due to heightened Solano County court concerns about community safety following a new DUI arrest if the repeat offender is out on bail or "own recognizance."

Tougher conditions may include the Supervised Own Recognizance ("SOR") requirements to check in periodically with a probation officer, random alcohol and drug testing, a "SCRAM" or "CAM" alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet and mandatory AA attendance. Sometimes an experienced local Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DUI lawyer can work to successfully alleviate the court's concerns for community safety and avoid such additional conditions in particular cases. See Fix Trigger Problems for a detailed discussion on this site about pretrial conditions and how you can help your Solano County DUI lawyer to avoid the worst case scenario, remand to jail for the duration of the case.

Even if the blood alcohol levels alleged in the current case are below .08%, the Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DMV may act to suspend a driver license for a year (with no possibility of any work or other driving privileges) if a new DUI arrest occurred while the driver was on probation for a prior conviction. However, depending on the nature of the new case, it may still be possible to obtain an ignition interlock restricted license after a relatively short wait period, pursuant to new laws. Consult with a DUI lawyer in Solano County about your specific case.


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