DUI Penalties in California

DUI FIRST offense within 10 years
Minimum/Maximum Sentencing Guidelines

with probation
without probation
at discretion
  • drug & alcohol program
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 8 hrs to 6 months incarceration
  • 6 months license suspension
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • 96 hrs to 6 months incarceration
  • 6 months license suspension
  • vehicle impoundment
  • ignition interlock device
  • community service
  • madd victim impact panel

DUI SECOND offense within 10 years
Minimum/Maximum Sentencing Guidelines

with probation
without probation
at discretion
  • 18-30 months alcohol treatment
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 96 hrs to 1 year incarceration
  • 2 years license suspension
  • ignition interlock device
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 90 days to 1 yr incarceration
  • 2 years license suspension
  • ignition interlock device
  • vehicle impoundment
  • community service
  • madd victim impact panel

DUI THIRD offense within 10 years
Minimum/Maximum Sentencing Guidelines

with probation
without probation
at discretion
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 4 months to 1 year incarceration
  • 3 years license revocation
  • 18 month alcohol program
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 4 months to 1 year incarceration
  • 3 years license revocation
  • vehicle impoundment
  • community service
  • madd victim impact panel

DUI FOURTH or subsequent offense(s) within 10 years Minimum/Maximum Sentencing Guidelines

with probation
without probation
at discretion
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 4 months to 1 year incarceration
  • 4 years license revocation
  • 18 month alcohol program
  • $390 to $1,000 fine
  • additional monetary penalties
  • 6 months to 1 year in jail
    or 16 to 36 months in prison
  • 4 years license revocation


Enhanced Penalties For DUI In San Diego


Specific penalties for a San Diego DUI conviction will vary depending not just on the jurisdiction, the nature of the offense, and the defendant's criminal record (if any) but it will also depend on a number of other factors as well.

Potential issues that may influence penalties for a DUI conviction will include

  • The driver's blood alcohol concentration
  • Whether the driver caused an auto accident that resulted in injury or death
  • Any prior DUI convictions
  • Whether a minor under 14 was in the vehicle at the time of the offense
  • If the driver refused a breath or blood test
  • If the driver violated probation
  • Excessive speeding

Avoid these serious penalties when you have been charged with a DUI. Contact Mark Deniz today for a free consultation at 858-751-4358.