California does not take driving under the influence lightly, and throughout the past several years this state has created numerous Assembly Bills to make the punishment for driving while drunk severe. You will be arrested and charged with a DUI if you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher; however, if you’re under 21, you will be charged if your BAC is 0.01% or higher. Below you will find all of the current information regarding California DUI penalties.
California DUI First Offense:
If you are charged and convicted of a DUI, and it is your first one, then you can expect to spend a minimum of 96 hours in jail and maximum jail time of six months. You can also plan your driver’s license to be suspended for a period of at least six months, and you may also be required to pay a fine ranging from $1,000 to $1,600.
Convicted of a DUI for the first time also required you to complete a DUI Program and you will also be required to apply for a California SR22 Insurance once your driver’s license is reinstated. It is important to note, that the judge may order an Ignition Interlock Device to be installed in your vehicle following your license suspension.
California DUI Second Offense:
Being charged for a DUI a second time may require you to spend up to one year in jail, or a minimum of 90 days. You will also be required to pay a fine that may range from $1,000 to $1,900, and your driver’s license may be suspended for a period of two years. You will also be required to obtain individual California SR22 Insurance once you can drive again, and the judge may need you to register with a Restricted Driver License.
California DUI Third Offense:
Having a third DUI conviction on your record is a serious offense. The state of California requires those who have three DUI’s on their album to spend 120 days to one year in jail and have your license suspended for three years. You will also face a fine that ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, and you will be required to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in your vehicle.
Perhaps one of the worst penalties associated with a third DUI offense is the Designation of a Habitual Offender, which does not look well on background checks for employment or apartments.
California DUI Fourth Offense:
Having a fourth DUI offense in California requires you to spend 180 days to one year in jail and have your license suspended for four years. You will also be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device within your vehicle once your driving privileges are restored. You must also pay a fine that ranges from $1,000 to $3,000, and you must also complete a DUI program, which is assigned by the courts.