The consequences for DUI are complicated. They depend on whether it is your first, second, or third conviction in a ten-year period.
Let’s look at the minimum penalties for a first-time DUI:
- $1800 in fines and fees. This includes the minimum $390 fine, more than $1,000 in court assessments charged in almost all misdemeanor cases, and further assessments charged only in DUI cases.
- 48 hours in jail, or 90 days of restricted driving privileges. These 90 days are in addition to the suspension and restrictions below.
- 30 day license suspension. No driving is allowed, period.
- Two to five months additional license restriction. The shorter version allows you to drive only to and from your DUI treatment program. The longer version allows you to drive to work as well.
- Three months in a DUI treatment class. This costs $500, which you pay.
Now let’s look at the maximum penalties for the same first-time DUI:
- Fines and fees and other costs totaling over $15,000.
- Up to six months in jail.
- Six months’ license suspension, or 10 months if your alcohol level was over 0.15%.
- 30 days vehicle impoundment at your expense.
- Adding an interlock device to your car. This costs roughly $800
If you’ve had previous DUI convictions in the last 10 years, you will face even steeper penalties. Consequences can also be worse if there were aggravating factors or you are under 21 years of age. In some cases, a DUI will count as a felony.
Because the consequences of DUI are so serious, it’s important that you speak to a lawyer about your case. We can put you in touch with an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney who will offer you a consultation for FREE. Simply fill out the form to the right and get your free consultation today.