DUI Penalties

Learn what DUI penalties may be at stake in your case and how your DUI defense attorney can help protect you.

When getting pulled over by law enforcement, the first question that goes through most people’s minds is: What is this going to cost me?

If you’re being stopped for a DUI, the answer is: Quite a lot. It will definitely cost you far more than the few bucks it takes to buy enough drinks to raise your BAC over the legal limit.

DUI Penalties Explained

DUIs are punishable by an automatic DMV license suspension (the length of which varies depending on how many prior DUI convictions you have), plus fines, jail time, license restrictions, mandatory alcohol classes, and probation at the judge’s discretion. You may also get your vehicle impounded or be required to install an interlock ignition device on your vehicle. Typically, the most important factor in determining how harshly you will be punished is how many DUIs you have in your past.

Penalties for a First DUI

  • Up to 6 months in county jail
  • 4 to 10 month DMV license suspension or license restriction
  • $390 to $1,000 in fines
  • 3 to 9 months of alcohol or drug classes
  • 3 to 5 years of summary probation

Penalties for a Second DUI in 10 Years

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  • 96 hours to 1 year in county jail
  • Up to 2 years of drivers license suspension or license restriction
  • $390 to $1,000 in fines
  • 18 to 30 months of alcohol classes, plus AA meetings
  • 3 to 5 years of summary probation

Penalties for a Third DUI in 10 Years

  • Minimum of 120 days in jail with a maximum of 1 year in county jail
  • Up to 3 years of drivers license revocation or license restriction
  • $390 to $1,000 in fines
  • 30 month court-approved DUI education program
  • 3 to 5 years of summary probation

Penalties for a Fourth DUI in 10 Years

  • Up to 3 years in state prison
  • 4 year drivers license revocation
  • $390 to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 5 years of formal, supervised probation

Other Factors Affecting DUI Penalties

You may face additional DUI penalties if you had an excessively high BAC, if you had a minor in the vehicle with you at the time of the DUI, if you refused to take a blood or breath test, or if you caused a serious accident while under the influence.

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Now you may wonder…

…Do I really have to go to jail for a DUI?

No. With help from an experienced DUI defense attorney, it may be possible to secure an alternative sentence, such as community service, Cal-Trans roadside work, house arrest, or residence in a sober-living environment.

Don’t Forget:

There Is More than Criminal Penalties at Stake

In addition to subjecting you to harsh criminal penalties, a DUI conviction can cause many other types of hardship in your life. You may find that you have to pay thousands of dollars in court costs (in addition to your fines), feel the pinch of increased car insurance premiums, and deal with the stigma of having a misdemeanor or felony on your permanent record.

Act Now for the Best Possible Protection Against Harsh DUI Penalties

With Chambers Law Firm on your side, you can rest assured you will receive the strongest possible defense to your DUI charges. If it is not possible to clear your name, we will work hard to secure a plea that will at least reduce your penalties and minimize the DUI’s impact on your future

Call 855-397-0210 now to request your free initial DUI case evaluation.

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