What are the penalties for a DUI in California? The penalties for a DUI in California will vary depending on the circumstances of the case, but generally, the sentencing guidelines for a DUI conviction are as follows.
Defendants facing a first DUI in California face both criminal and administrative penalties. A single count of DUI in California may incur elevated administrative action, if the driver refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test.
If you are charged with your third DUI in California (and you first one was less than 10 years earlier), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will impose administrative sanctions independent of criminal penalties described below.
Underage drivers (motorists who are under the age of 21) who operate a vehicle while “under the influence” or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher can be charged with a “standard” DUI and generally face the same penalties as drivers who are at least 21 years old.
In California, it’s a crime to operate a vehicle while “under the influence” of alcohol or drugs or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. (Get an estimate of how many drinks it takes to get to the legal limit.) Generally, California law provides sentencing guidelines for drivers