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What happens when you get a first DUI in California

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What Happens if Convicted of Your First DUI in California?

Penalties / Punishment for First DUI 

If you are not granted probation for your First DUI:

Mandatory Imprisonment and fine.

(1) Jail time: 96 hours in the county jail (at least 48 hours of which must be continuous) nor more than 6 months,

(2) Fine: $390 to $1000, plus penalty assessments,

(3) DMV suspends license for 6 or 10 months.

If you are granted probation for your First DUI:

The conditions must include:

3-5 year probationary period:

A requirement you do not:

– drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in your blood;

– refuse a chemical test to determine your BAC on arrest; and

– commit a criminal offense, and

– drive without a valid license or insurance.

(1) Jail time: Court may impose a minimum of 48 hours to a maximum of 6 months,

(2) Fine: $390 to $1000, plus penalty assessments,

(3) DMV suspends license for 6 or 10 months,

(4) Complete the first-offender DUI Program.

Penalty assessments, fees, and state surcharges. These significantly increase the fine.

License suspension. The DMV suspends your driver’s license for 6 months. If you were ordered to do a 9-month DUI program, the DMV suspends for 10 months. This DMV suspension is separate from the DMV Admin Per Se Hearing suspension.

Disallowance of restricted license. Do not let this happen to you. DUI Attorney Richard Wagner will get you a restricted license at the earliest possible time.

How a DUI Attorney Can Help

The prosecutor will ask the court to consider your:

If your alcohol level was .15% or .20% or more, the court must consider this as a special factor in determining the conditions of your probation.

If you had a minor passenger age 14 or younger in your vehicle, 48 hours in county jail unless you are also convicted of Penal Code Section 273a.

If you were under 21, the court must suspend your license for an additional 1 year.

If you drove 30 mph over the speed limit on the freeway (20 mph for other roads) and in a manner prohibited by Vehicle Code 23103 the judge must sentence you to additional 60 days in county jail.

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Surrender of license. If your license is suspended or revoked by the DMV for First DUI, you must surrender your license to the court.

Vehicle impound. The court may order that a vehicle used be impounded at your expense for 1 to 30 days.

Ignition interlock device. The court may require you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) for up to 6 months.

Restitution. The court must give you a restitution fine of $150 to $1000 and (2) order restitution to any victim for any economic losses.

Participation in county alcohol and drug program. The court must order you to attend a DUI Program 

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