If you were caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may face criminal charges for driving under the influence. You can learn more about what happens next, including court appearances, license suspensions or revocations, here.
The punishments you may receive if found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) in California depend on a number of factors or circumstances of the case and the offender—often referred to as “aggravating and mitigating factors.”. However, statutes set the maximum and minimum punishments a judge may impose. These permissible sentencing ranges are largely based on the defendant’s history and specific circumstances of the current event.
Possible penalties may include:
-$1690 in fines plus a number of “penalty assessments” that can substantially increase the amount the driver has to pay.
-Driver’s license suspension and/or restricted license.
-Probation. Usually a three-year term of informal probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant normally must complete a three-month DUI school, consisting of about 30 hours of classes.
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