What Is The Punishment For A DUI?

As always, every punishment depends on the crime. Generally, for a first time DUI offense with a blood alcohol level below .20%, the maximum penalty includes:

  • Summary Probation for three to five years (unsupervised by the Court),
  • Six months in county jail,
  • Six months suspended license,
  • Fines of up to $1,000, plus penalties of up to $2,710 (the penalty is currently 3x the amount of the fine, and may increase if the California Legislature agrees to it),
  • A $100 contribution to the California State Restitution Fund for victims of DUI accidents,
  • Proof of enrollment and completion of an alcohol education program,
  • A fee of $50 towards “Alcohol abuse Prevention,”
  • A fee of $37 towards the blood alcohol content testing,
  • A fee of $20 for Court security.

You may be assessed additional penalties if your blood alcohol was above .20%, you injured someone, or had a child in your car.

For a second time DUI, all of the fines and penalties mentioned above will increase, plus:

  • Up to one year in county jail,
  • Vehicle impoundment for 30 days,
  • Driver’s license suspension for 18 months.

For a third or fourth time DUI, all of the fines and penalties mentioned above will increase, plus:

  • The DMV can revoke your license for up to 4 years,
  • Completion of a 30-month alcohol treatment program,
  • Up to 120 days in county jail for a third offense,
  • Up to 180 days in county jail for a fourth offense,
  • 16 months to 3 years in state prison for a felony.

In addition, you may have to pay increased insurance premiums for SR-22 coverage, tow and impound fees, alcohol rehabilitation program costs, and legal fees for an attorney and the court.

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