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Can I get a reduced sentence on 2nd DUI for having mental illness?

1 Answers. Asked on Apr 09th, 2017 on DUI/DWI - California
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The sentencing of my first DUI offense from late October 2011 was completed satisfactorily. On 4/8/17 I was arrested and temporarily detained for suspicion of DUI. I submitted a blood sample to law enforcement; I don't know what my BAC was yet; I have not yet received any charges filed from the DA, but law enforcement confiscated my driver license and gave me a temporary license that expires in 30 days from the incident. My driver license was in good standing at time of arrest, my auto registration and insurance were current, there was no collision, no injuries .....I have a long documented history of "major depressive disorder". I currently take medication for my illness. I also suspect that a recent med adjustment ordered by my physician may have contributed to aggravating my mental condition just before the recent arrest.
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Answered on Apr 09th, 2017 at 9:48 PM

Since this is your second DUI it's highly likely that the DA may seek jail time. While you may have several defenses due to your mental capacity, and you should hire a lawyer to raise those defenses and have your matter set for trial.

Also keep in mind that you only have 10 days from the date of arrest/citation to request a DMV hearing or your license will be suspended. 

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