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.