In the state of California, if you are arrested for a DUI, the penalties you will receive for a DUI conviction will depend on several factors: how many prior DUI’s, who the offender is, as well as evidence. While the actual penalties are set by California law, those factors can play a part in what type of penalty you or someone you love will receive. Below are penalties of DUI conviction in the state of California.
If it’s your first conviction, it will be considered a misdemeanor. Your fine will be between $390 to $1,000. In terms of jail time, the judge can sentence someone for 48 hours or up to six months in jail. However, if someone is granted probation, they don’t have to serve jail time. First offenders will receive a six-month suspension on their driver’s license and they will have three years of probation.
Like the first DUI conviction, people who have a second DUI will be charged with a misdemeanor. The fines are about the same as first-time offenders, but you can face up to 96 hours or 1 year in jail for a second offense. Also, the offender will have their driver’s licensed suspended for two years and they will have three years of probation.
The fines for the third conviction are the same as the first and second conviction. The jail time is higher, with it being 120 days to 1 year in jail. If this is your third conviction and you have already had your license suspended with your second conviction, the suspension will be concurrent. In terms of probation, offenders face three to five years.