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Driving under the influence is a very serious offense with severe consequences. If you have recently been arrested you may be facing stiff penalties and in some cases, a possible jail sentence.  We listed below the various consequences of a DUI conviction.

1ST OFFENSE 2ND OFFENSE 3RD OFFENSE 4TH OFFENSE

Here are some helpful articles to aid people in California who have been arrested for DUI.

1ST OFFENSE SENTENCE: IF NO PROBATION
JAIL: Minimum of 96 hours, 48 of which must be served continuously, maximum of 6 months.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: Suspended for 6 months. VC13352(a)(1)
TREATMENT PROGRAM: None required; however, DMV will not reinstate license until proof of completion of a treatment program.

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1ST OFFENSE SENTENCE: PROBATION GRANTED

If you are placed on probation
one of the following two sentences may be imposed:
(Option A)

JAIL: Minimum of 48 hours, 48 of which must be served continuously, maximum of 6 months.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: Suspended for six months. VC13352(a)(1)
TREATMENT PROGRAM: Mandatory attendance at alcohol/drug treatment program. If blood alcohol count (BAC) was less than 0.20 percent, by weight, participation in the program must be at least 3 months or longer and if BAC was 0.20 or more percent, or if the test was refused, participation in the program must be at least 6 months or longer.

(Option B)
This option is not available if you willfully refused
or failed to complete a chemical test. VC23577(a)(1)

JAIL: Minimum of 48 hours, 48 of which must be served continuously, maximum of 6 months.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: With verification that proof of insurance has been provided to the DMV by an insurance company, license restricted for 90 days to travel to and from work and within scope of employment and/or to and from the education program. Such proof of insurance must be maintained for three years. If the Court Orders a restriction understand that you may not drive unless and until the DMV suspension of your license has been served to completion or set aside, and your license has been reinstated VC23538(3). At any time during the three year period, if proof of insurance is not maintained, the DMV will suspend your driving privilege until such proof is provided. Under either of the above options, the court may also suspend your license for 6 months. Your license will be suspended for 6 months if your offense occurred in a vehicle which requires a Class A or B drivers license.
TREATMENT PROGRAM: Mandatory attendance at alcohol/drug treatment program. If blood alcohol count (BAC) was less than 0.20 percent, by weight, participation in the program must be at least 3 months or longer and if BAC was 0.20 or more percent, or if the test was refused, participation in the program must be at least 6 months or longer.
VEHICLE IMPOUND: If the vehicle used in the violation is solely registered to the defendant, the vehicle may be impounded at the defendant's expense for not more than 30 days. VC23594

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2ND OFFENSE SENTENCE: IF NO PROBATION

These penalties apply to a conviction of V.C. Sec. 23152 if you have either:
(1) A separate conviction of V.C. 23152, or 23153, 23102, 23105 or 23106 which took place within ten years of the new offense or
(2) You have a new separate conviction of 23103 under 23103.5 which occurred on or after January 1, 1982, and within 10 years of the new offense.

JAIL: Minimum of 90 days, maximum of one year.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments.
LICENSE: Suspended for 2 years. VC13352(a)(3)
TREATMENT PROGRAM: None required; however, DMV will not reinstate license until proof of completion of a treatment program. VC13352(a)(3)

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2ND OFFENSE SENTENCE: PROBATION GRANTED

If you are placed on probation
one of the following two sentences may be imposed:
(Option A)

JAIL: Minimum of 10 days, maximum of one year.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: Suspended for 2 years. VC23351(a)(3)
TREATMENT PROGRAM: None required; however, DMV will not reinstate license until proof of completion of a treatment program. VC13352(a)(3)

(Option B)

JAIL: Minimum of 96 hours to be served in two increments of 48 continuous hours to one year in jail. The two increments may be served non-consecutively.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: You may obtain a license with verification that proof of insurance has been provided to the DMV by an insurance company, the license is restricted to travel to and from work and within the scope of employment or attendance of alcohol or drug program for duration of program. Such proof of insurance must be maintained for three years. At anytime during the three years period, if the proof of insurance is not maintained, the DMV will suspend driving privilege until such proof is provided. If the offense occurred in a vehicle that requires a Class A or B driver's license, your driver's license will be suspended for 2 years.
TREATMENT PROGRAM: Your participation would be required in either an 18-month or a 30-month treatment program approved pursuant to chapter 9, Part 2, of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code. No credit may be given for any program activities completed prior to the date of the offense charged.
VEHICLE IMPOUND: If the offense occurred within 5 years of a prior DUI conviction and if the vehicle used in the violation is solely registered to the defendant, the vehicle shall be impounded at the defendant's expense for not more than 30 days, except in an unusual case when the Court finds the interest of justice would be served by not ordering impoundment.

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3RD OFFENSE SENTENCE: IF NO PROBATION
  1. NEW LAW 2012: Court may order a Ten (10) year revocation of the driver’s license of a person convicted of Three (3) or more prior violations of DUI.

These penalties apply to a conviction of V.C. Sec. 23152 if you have either:
(1) A separate conviction of V.C. 23152, or 23153, 23102, 23105 or 23106 which took place within ten years of the new offense or
(2) You have a new separate conviction of 23103 under 23103.5 which occurred on or after January 1, 1982, and within 10 years of the new offense.

Upon a third or subsequent conviction for the 23152, you must successfully complete a one-year alcohol program in order to be eligible for a driver's license in the future.

JAIL: Minimum of 120 days, maximum of one year.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments.
LICENSE: Revoked for three years. License shall be surrendered to the Court and you shall be designated as an "habitual traffic offender." The status of an habitual traffic offender will result in an enhanced jail sentence if you drive with a revoked license in a violation of Vehicle Code Section 14601.2
TREATMENT PROGRAM: None required; however, DMV will not reinstate license until proof of completion of a treatment program.

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4TH OFFENSE SENTENCE: IF NO PROBATION

These penalties apply to a new conviction of V.C. Sec. 23152 if the defendant already has three or more separate convictions for either:
(1) A separate conviction of V.C. 23152, or 23153, 23102, 23105 or 23106 which took place within ten years of the new offense.
( 2) You have a new separate conviction of 23103 under 23103.5 which occurred on or after January 1, 1982, and within 10 years of the new offense.

JAIL: Minimum of 16 months, maximum of 2 or 3 years in state prison or 180 days to 1 year in county jail
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: Revoked for four years. License shall be surrendered to the Court and you shall be designated as an "habitual traffic offender." The status of an habitual traffic offender will result in an enhanced jail sentence if you drive with a revoked license in a violation of Vehicle Code Section 14601.2
TREATMENT PROGRAM: None required; however, DMV will not reinstate license until proof of completion of a treatment program.
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4TH OFFENSE SENTENCE: PROBATION GRANTED

These penalties apply to a new conviction of V.C. Sec. 23152 if the defendant already has three or more separate convictions for either:
(1) A separate conviction of V.C. 23152, or 23153, 23102, 23105 or 23106 which took place within ten years of the new offense.
(2) You have a new separate conviction of 23103 under 23103.5 which occurred on or after January 1, 1982, and within 10 years of the new offense.

JAIL: Minimum of 180 days, maximum of 1 year or If ordered to attend 30 month treatment program: Minimum of 30 days, maximum of one year.
FINE: Minimum of $390.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments) to maximum of $1,000.00 (plus mandatory penalty assessments).
LICENSE: Revoked for four years. License shall be surrendered to the Court and you shall be designated as an "habitual traffic offender." You will be required to sign an affidavit on a DMV form acknowledging the license revocation and the designation as an habitual traffic offender. The status of an habitual traffic offender will result in an enhanced jail sentence if you drive with a revoked license in violation of Vehicle Code Section 14601.2.
TREATMENT PROGRAM: Participate in either an 18 month or upon a showing of good cause, a 30 month treatment program approved pursuant to Chapter 9, Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code, in order to be eligible for a drivers license following license revocation, regardless of the successful performance of other conditions of probation. No credit may be given for any program activities completed prior to the date of the offense charged.
VEHICLE IMPOUND: If the offense is within 5 years of two or more prior DUI convictions, and if the vehicle is solely registered to the defendant, the vehicle shall be impounded at the defendant's expense for not more than 90 days, except in an unusual case when the Court finds the interest of justice would be best served by not ordering impoundment. In addition, if the defendant is the solely registered owner of the vehicle used in the violation, the court may upon its own motion declare that vehicle to be a nuisance and order the forfeiture or sale of that vehicle. (VC23596).

Probation Violation

A .01% PAS or Chemical Test result can mean the loss of your license for one year or more, if you are on Court Probation

California Vehicle Code Section 23154 has changed the DMV license consequences for those on probation for a violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152 (DUI) or 23153 (DUI with injury).

Under this code, an officer will serve you an immediate order of suspension if you have a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.01% or greater, as measured by a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) device or other chemical test, if you are on court-ordered probation for a DUI conviction. This is an Administrative Per Se (APS) action. You are not eligible for a restricted driver license during your suspension. The chart below shows the length of the suspension. If the officer determines that you are in violation of more than one APS action, you may be issued a suspension and/or revocation order for each action.

While on court-ordered probation for a DUI conviction, you… You will receive…
submit to a PAS or other chemical test with a BAC of 0.01% or greater, A one year suspension.
refuse or fail to submit to a PAS test or other chemical test, A two year suspension.
refuse or fail to submit to a PAS test or other chemical test, and you have two or more prior DUI convictions, A three year revocation.
   
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