Third DUI – California Vehicle Code Section 23152

If you are not granted probation for your third DUI:

Imprisonment and fine. Conviction of a third DUI when the offense occurred within 10 years of 2 separate violations of California Vehicle Code Sections 23152, 23153, or §23103.5 or any combination of these offenses, which resulted in convictions, is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for 120 days to 1 year, and by a base fine of $390 to $1000.

If you are granted probation for your third 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 blood-alcohol content on arrest for a violation of California Vehicle Sections 23152 or 23153; and
  • commit a criminal offense.

Probation. When granting probation for a third DUI, the terms and conditions must include: confinement in the county jail for 120 days to 1 year, and a base fine of $390 to $1000. As an additional condition of probation, the court may require you to satisfactorily participate for at least 18 months in a DUI program if you have not previously successfully completed a program.

Penalty assessments, fees, and state surcharges. These significantly increase the base fine (mentioned above) and includes an assessment for alcohol abuse education and prevention programs. And, if applicable an assessment for county alcohol and drug problem assessment programs.

Designation as habitual traffic offender. You must be designated as a habitual traffic offender for 3 years subsequent to conviction. The court must require you to sign an affidavit acknowledging this designation.

License revocation. The DMV must revoke your driver’s license for 3 years. The DMV will not reinstate your license until you file proof of financial responsibility (SR-22) and proof of successful completion of a DUI program.

Surrender of license. If your driver’s license is required or ordered to be suspended or revoked by the DMV under any section of the California Vehicle Code on conviction of a DUI offense, you must surrender your license to the court upon conviction.

Third DUI – Defend Against Excessive Punishment

Vehicle impound and forfeiture. If you have had two or more prior convictions within the last five years, the court must order impoundment of the vehicle used in the offense at your expense up to 90 days. If you have been convicted of California Vehicle Code Section 23152 and have 2 or more separate convictions within seven years, the court may declare your vehicle a nuisance and order it to be sold, if you are the registered owner.

Ignition interlock device. The court may require you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle you own or operate for up to 3 years from the date of conviction.

Restitution. The court must (1) impose a restitution fine of no less than $150 and not more than $1000 (and if probation granted an additional probation revocation restitution fine in the same amount), and (2) order restitution to any victim for any economic losses incurred, unless the court finds compelling and extraordinary reasons for not doing so.

Participation in county alcohol and drug problem assessment program. The court must order you to attend a county alcohol and drug problem assessment program if you have previously been convicted of a violation of California Vehicle Code Sections 23152 or 23153 that occurred more than 10 years ago.

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