The video shows the reactions of real bar patrons when they are presented with a videotaped message from a real convicted drunk driver in the bathroom mirror. The convict, speaking from prison, challenges bar patrons to think before they or their friends leave the bar and drive drunk.
The goal of We Save Lives is to educate drivers, hold them accountable if they drive drunk and injure or kill someone, to support victims’ rights, and to encourage others to prevent their family and friends from driving drunk.
What follows is a brief overview of how the state of California handles those who are caught drinking and driving.
The penalties for a DUI conviction in California DUIs increase with every subsequent offense that takes place within a ten-year period. So, if you are convicted of a second DUI within a ten-year period, your penalties will be significantly higher.
For a first time DUI in California you can expect to receive the following penalties:
The penalties for a first time DUI can become significantly more severe with the presence of certain aggravating factors. These aggravating factors may include:
In the event that your BAC was above .15 you may be ordered to attend a 9-month long alcohol program.
It should also be noted that penalties, especially for a first time DUI, will vary from county to county in California. For example, some counties enforce a minimum amount of jail time or have work release programs through the local sheriff’s office. Some counties will also require an ignition interlock device to be installed in your car, even for a first time DUI.
For a second DUI in California you can expect to receive the following penalties:
The severity of the penalties you receive for a second DUI in California can be affected by the length of time between your first and second DUI offenses. If the two offenses were years apart, you may have room to negotiate less severe penalties. However, if you are convicted of a second DUI 3 months after your first, for example, you will be punished more harshly and be in a very bad position to negotiate less severe penalties.
The Penalties for a third DUI conviction in California are as follows:
A fourth DUI in California is a felony. This means that you have been convicted of three prior DUIs in a ten-year time period. The penalties for a fourth DUI in California are as follows:
Having multiple prior DUIs in a 10-year period is the most common way in which a misdemeanor DUI can become a felony. Another way to turn a misdemeanor DUI into a felony is by injuring someone during your DUI offense.
If you injure someone while driving under the influence, you will be facing 16 months – 10 years in a California state prison, as well as, an additional and consecutive sentence of 1 – 6 years, depending on how many people you injured and the extent of their injuries. If someone dies, you may be sentenced to as much as life in prison.
In addition, you will receive the following penalties:
Furthermore, this will qualify as a strike under California’s three strikes law and require you to complete at least 85% of your sentence before you are eligible for parole.