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