Los Angeles DUI Penalties

First Time DUI Offender - Misdemeanor

These are the possible penalties that could be imposed by the Court.

  • Jail time: Mandatory 48 hours in custody, with a maximum 6 months in jail.
  • Fines: Maximum fine is $1,000 plus court costs. These court costs can be significantly more then the fine alone.
  • Driver's license suspension: Suspended license for one year, with no restricted license for work or school.
  • DUI alcohol school: Court will impose a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of nine months.
  • Probation: Court will impose with formal probation, which means you will have a probation officer with whom you must check in periodically. Court may impose informal probation, which means you will have no probation officer, but you must abide by strict terms and conditions.
  • Interlock device: In some cases, the court will impose the requirement that when you get your license back, you will need to blow into a device to ensure that you have not consumed any alcohol before driving beginning July 1, 2010 in Los Angeles County
  • Terms of probation: Court may impose strict terms of probation, including search and seizure. That means if the police come into contact with you, they may search you or the car that you are in without reason. You may also be ordered not to drink alcohol during the entire time of probation.

Second Time DUI Offender- Misdemeanor

This means that you have been convicted of a previous DUI within the past 10 years.

  • Jail time: Mandatory minimum of between 4 and 10 days jail. But a maximum of six months in jail
  • DUI alcohol school: Minimum of 18 months, with a maximum of 30 months of a DUI alcohol school.
  • Driver's license suspension: 2 year suspension of driver's license.
  • Probation: Court may impose formal probation, which means you will have a probation officer with whom you must check in periodically. Court may impose informal probation, which means you will have no probation officer, but you must abide by strict terms and conditions.
  • Interlock device: In some cases, the court will impose the requirement that when you get your license back, you will need to blow into a device to ensure that you have not consumed any alcohol before driving beginning July 1, 2010.
  • Fines: Significant increase in fines and court costs.

Third Time DUI Offender- Misdemeanor This means that you have been convicted of two previous DUIs within the past 10 years.

  • Jail time :Mandatory minimum of 120 days custody, and a maximum of 1 year in jail.
  • DUI alcohol school: Minimum of 18 months, with a maximum of 30 months of an alcohol school.
  • Installation of an interlock device (IID) in any vehicle that is driven will be mandatory effective July 1, 2010 in Los Angeles County while on probation.
  • Driver's license suspension: Suspended license for three years, with no restricted license for work or school.
  • Fines: Significant increase in fines and court costs.

Fourth Time DUI Offender- Misdemeanor or Felony

This means that you have been convicted of three previous DUIs within the past 10 years.

  • Jail time: Minimum of 180 days in county jail (if a misdemeanor), or up to 3 years prison (if a felony).
  • Driver's license suspension: Suspended license for three years, with no restricted license for work or school.
  • Installation of an interlock device (IID) in any vehicle that is driven will be mandatory effective July 1, 2010 in Los Angeles County while on probation.
  • DUI alcohol school: Minimum of 18 months, and a maximum of 30 months of an alcohol school.
  • Fines: Significant increase in fines and court costs.
  • Driver's license suspension: 4 year total license suspension.

If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI offense in the Los Angeles or Southern California area, Mr. Kraut understands the serious nature of this offense, how best to defend you, and how to resolve your case without you going to jail. Mr. Kraut has extensive knowledge of the law and the legal system. He has developed excellent relationships with law enforcement and law officials throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California.

Mr. Kraut and the Kraut Law Group handles Burbank DUI cases as well as Driving Under the Influence cases that occur in Glendale, as well as Pasadena DUI cases, Long Beach DUI cases as well as driving under the influence cases throughout Southern California.  As a former prosecutor, he is well known by the judges and prosecutors as has developed priceless relationships with them as a top notch defense attorney who successfully and aggressively protects the interests and rights of his clients.

For more information about the various defenses for your DUI case, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 323-464-6453 .

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