What happens if I get a DUI?

How much does a DUI Cost?
Costs for DUI have been estimated to be more than $6,600. (Actual costs may vary)

Here is a conservative itemized breakdown for a first DUI offense:

Tow/Impound Fee $215
DUI Treatment Program (First Offender) $626
Court Costs $800
Fines/Penalties $1,000
Insurance Increase $500-$1,500
Attorney Fees $2,500
Total Approximate Cost: $6,641


1 st DUI Offense Penalties & Punishments

Probation
  • 3 to 5 years of Court Probation
  • This means no probation officer to report to, but absolutely no drinking and driving during that time period.
Fines & Fees
  • A fine, including court fees costs $1400 to $1800
  • This can be paid over time for an additional charge, or in full within 45 days. In some courts people can work off part of the fine through community service.
Driver License
  • 6 month loss of California Driver License
  • As of September 2004, it will be up to the Department of Motor Vehicles to decide if a restricted California Driver License should be issued. A suspension means absolutely no driving; a restriction allows driving to and from work or school.
DUI School
  • Depending on your Blood Alcohol Level DUI school may be as low as 12 hours or as much as 45 days. This may be dependant on your attorney as well. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs maintains a list of DUI Schools
2 nd DUI Offense Penalties & Punishments

Probation
  • 3 to 5 years of Court Probation
  • This means no probation officer to report to, but absolutely no drinking and driving during that time period.
Fines & Fees
  • A fine, including court fees costs $1800 to $2800
  • This can be paid over time for an additional charge, or in full within 45 days. In some courts people can work off part of the fine through community service.
Driver License
  • 2 years loss of California Driver License
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles to decide if a restricted California Driver License should be issued. A suspension means absolutely no driving, a restriction allows driving to and from work or school. Your lawyer may be able to obtain a restricted license for you after ONE YEAR. You will also have to install an ignition interlock device (breath tester) on your vehicle.
DUI School
  • This will be for 18 months. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs maintains a list of DUI Schools
Jail Time
MANDATORY JAIL TIME
  • Many counties will insist on at least 10 days of jail, some counties require 30.
3 rd DUI Offense Penalties & Punishments

Probation
  • 3 to 5 years of Court Probation
  • Formal Probation means reporting to a Probation Officer on a regular basis.
Fines & Fees
  • A fine, including court fees costs $1800 to $2800
Driver License
  • Up to 3 years loss of California Driver License
  • As of September 2004, it will be up to the Department of Motor Vehicles to decide if a restricted California Driver License should be issued. A suspension means absolutely no driving; a restriction allows driving to and from work or school.
DUI School
  • This will be for 18 months. The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs maintains a list of DUI Schools
Jail Time
MANDATORY JAIL TIME
  • There is a required 120 days of jail time on a third offense DUI. It is possible to have this time converted to some alternative such as home arrest, rehab or some combination of these. Many counties will insist on at least 210 days of jail - some counties require a full year
4 th DUI Offense Penalties & Punishments

  • If this is your fourth or more DUI offense it may be considered a felony DUI. Punishment for such an offense includes up to three years in state prison, permanent loss of license and more.
  • If anyone was injured in connection with any DUI, it may be charged as either a felony DUI or a misdemeanor DUI. These cases have substantial impact involving jail and loss of license.