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California DWI Penalties

California has its own set of laws and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. These penalties can vary based on factors such as the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of arrest, the number of prior DUI convictions, and other specific circumstances of the offense.

Here’s an overview of DUI penalties in California:

1. First-time DUI:
– Jail: Up to 6 months
– Fines: Between $390 and $1,000 (additional penalty assessments can increase this significantly)
– License: Suspension for 6 to 10 months (may be eligible for a restricted license)
– DUI program: Mandatory completion of a DUI education program
– Ignition Interlock Device (IID): Mandatory in many counties for a period, and the court may order it for others
– Probation: Typically 3-5 years

2. Second DUI (within 10 years):
– Jail: 96 hours to 1 year
– Fines: Between $390 and $1,000 (with additional penalty assessments)
– License: Suspension for 2 years (may be eligible for a restricted license after 90 days with IID)
– DUI program: Mandatory completion of a longer DUI education program
– IID: Required
– Probation: Typically 3-5 years

3. Third DUI (within 10 years):
– Jail: 120 days to 1 year
– Fines: Between $390 and $1,000 (with additional penalty assessments)
– License: Revocation for 3 years (may be eligible for a restricted license with IID after 18 months)
– DUI program: Mandatory completion of a 30-month DUI education program
– IID: Required
– Probation: Typically 3-5 years
– Vehicle: Possible vehicle confiscation

4. Fourth or Subsequent DUI (within 10 years):
– Jail: 16 months, or 2 or 3 years in state prison or 180 days to 1 year in county jail
– Fines: Between $390 and $1,000 (with additional penalty assessments)
– License: Revocation for 4 years
– DUI program: Mandatory completion of a 30-month DUI education program
– IID: Required
– Probation: Typically 3-5 years

5. DUI with Injury: If you cause injury to another person while driving under the influence, penalties increase dramatically and can include prison time, especially for repeat offenders.

6. Other Factors: Refusal to take a chemical test, DUI with a passenger under 14, excessive speed, and high BAC (0.15% or higher) can lead to enhanced penalties.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and specific penalties can vary based on the details of each case. It’s also important to understand that laws and penalties can change over time. Always consult with a qualified attorney or refer to the California Vehicle Code for the most up-to-date information regarding DUI penalties.