Getting consecutive DUIs in California can lead to successively more serious charges. If convicted on charges of having had multiple DUIs, it can mean longer prison terms, your license being suspended for a longer amount of time, and having to spend longer in a DUI school. The increasing severity of consequences only apply to DUIs acquired within a 10-year time frame, also known as a “washout” or “lookback” period. Even with ten years between DUI convictions, the charges can still be serious.
The Modesto Bee reports on a man convicted of his sixth DUI. On Friday, September 1st, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office announced the conviction of 49-year-old Noe Roberto Fuentas of DUI.
This is Fuentas’ sixth DUI, having racked up five previous felony DUIs in 1987, 1988, 1995, 2001, and 2010. Fuentas also has a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, which counts as a “strike” under California’s three strikes law.
The most recent conviction stems from an incident that occurred last year on December 10th. Fuentas was spotted by authorities driving at nearly 90 miles an hour on Highway 99 in wet conditions. They attempted to pull Fuentas over, but he ignored emergency lights and sirens, leading authorities on a high speed chase.
Officers were finally able to catch up too Fuentas, who was at home sitting in his car. He admitted fleeing from police, saying that his “head was messed up.”
Fuentas faces a potential punishment of 11 years and four months in prison, the maximum time allowed for his offense.
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