I was just convicted of a DUI in CA and it was counted as a first offense, when I went to the DMV they have me down for a second offense. I had previously gotten a DUI but truthfully I wasn't certain how long ago it was...I think it was probably about 8.5 to 9 years ago now....
The court sentenced me to a 9 month DUI program, but the DMV stipulates an 18 month program, the court stipulates a 30 day license suspension, the DMV 1 year to 1.5 years
I'm aware that the DMV is King, they are in fact more powerful then the court system, as well as being an entirely seperate entity...so my question is this:
Will my conviction in the court system stand as a first offense if in fact it comes to their attention that I had a prior within ten years, or would that be "double jeopardy"? Does the court system have a different "statute of limitations" then the DMV?
I'm completely done with court...as long as I pay my fines and attend the school and don't break the law again I shouldn't be coming to their attention...I'm just wondering what the chances of someone at the school notifying the court, or the court trying me again are.