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California DUI Penalties (Non Injury Cases)

Posted by Robert Berglund | Jan 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

California DUI penalties in criminal cases depend on how many prior offenses a person has and whether there were any aggravating factors in the case.  Aggravating factors can best be described as "any fact or circumstance that increases the severity or culpability of a criminal act."  In DUI cases, aggravating factors may include a high blood alcohol content, dangerous or reckless driving, very poor performance on field sobriety tests, and an accident.  Prior DUI offenses are counted if they occurred within a ten year period of the current offense date.  

Below is a general summary of the penalties for California DUI convictions not involving injury or death:

1st offense misdemeanor DUI

Summary probation for 3 years;

No minimum jail sentence, maximum 6 months county jail;

Fine of $390 + penalty assessments;

Alcohol education program of 3 months, 6 months, or 9 months;

*Driver's license suspension of 6 to 10 months, with eligibility for a restricted license (ignition interlock device required in Los Angeles County).

Any other sentencing terms the Court may deem appropriate, including attendance in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel (VIP) class and/or Hospital and Morgue (HAM) class.

2nd offense misdemeanor DUI

Summary probation for 4 to 5 years;

96 hours (4 days) minimum county jail sentence, maximum 1 year;

Fine of $390 to $500 + penalty assessments;

Alcohol education program of 18 months;

*Driver's license suspension of up to 2 years, with eligibility for a restricted license after 90 days if ignition interlock device (IID) installed;

Any other sentencing terms the Court may deem appropriate, including attendance in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel (VIP) class and/or Hospital and Morgue (HAM) class.

3rd offense misdemeanor DUI

Summary probation for 4 to 5 years;

120 days minimum county jail sentence, maximum 1 year;

Fine of $390 to $500 + penalty assessments;

Alcohol education program of 18 months;

*Driver's license suspension of up to 3 years, with eligibility for a restricted license after 6 months if ignition interlock device (IID) installed;

*Designation as a habitual traffic offender (HTO); 

Any other sentencing terms the Court may deem appropriate, including attendance in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel (VIP) class and/or Hospital and Morgue (HAM) class.

4th offense felony DUI

180 days minimum county jail sentence, maximum 1 year, OR

16 months, 2 years, or 3 years state prison sentence;

Formal probation for 5 years if probation is granted;

Fine of $390 to $1000 + penalty assessments;

*Designation as a habitual traffic offender (HTO); 

Minimum 1 year suspension, however court has discretion to issue 10  year revocation;

Alcohol education program of 18 months, if probation is granted;

Any other sentencing terms the Court may deem appropriate, including attendance in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel (VIP) class and/or Hospital and Morgue (HAM) class.

Note the asterisks next to the terms related to the driver's license suspension periods.  DUI driver's license suspension periods are not always consistent due to other factors related to DMV administrative actions taken against a person.  A good Los Angeles DUI Lawyer can review the client's DMV driving record and advise them of exactly how long of a suspension period he or she will be facing if convicted for DUI.

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