First Offense DUI in California

Defendants facing a first DUI in California face both criminal and administrative penalties. 

What are the penalties for a first DUI in California?

Jail Fines & Penalties License Suspension Ignition Interlock
4 days up to 6 months $390 up to $1,000 Minimum of 4 months Yes

Administrative Penalties

  • First offense DUI carries penalty of administrative license suspension for at least four (4) months
  • The courts will also mandate completion of a drug and alcohol evaluation in any case, which is required for license reinstatement as well
  • License reinstatement now requires mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
  • License reinstatement, including driving with a restricted license, requires SR-22 insurance coverage

Criminal Penalties

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

  • Imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 96 hours, at least 48 hours of which shall be continuous, nor more than six months, and 
  • A fine of not less than three hundred ninety dollars ($390), nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Getting Legal Help

The state of California does allow reduction of DUI charges to lesser criminal or driving offenses in limited instances.  For more information and insight, consult with a California first offense DUI lawyer.

Dealing With a DUI?

If you're facing a DUI charge in California, see the following links for more information on what to expect:

  1. CA DUI Basics: FAQ's
  2. What are the Penalties/Consequences of a Conviction?
  3. Should You Go For a Plea Bargain?
  4. Blood & Breath Tests: How they Affect Your Case
  5. What Happens if You Don't Take the Breathalyzer or Blood Test?
  6. Five Things To Know About a DUI Case in California
  7. What Happens Before the Trial?
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