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Sacramento DUI Penalties

The consequences for a DUI conviction in Sacramento, California may vary in different circumstances. However, sentencing and penalties for a DUI in California are listed as found in the California Vehicle Code Division 11.5:

Sacramento DUI First Offense:

Informal probation Three years during which you must:

Obey all laws;

Do not drive unless licensed and insured;

Do not refuse a chemical test if arrested for Driving under the influence and do not drive with measurable amounts of alcohol;

Forty-eight hours jail which may be served by a court approved alternative to jail. Some of the alternatives to a jail sentence may include: Sheriff's Work Project, Community Service, and Electronic Monitoring.

A fine of approximately $ 2,500.00.  Instead of paying the fine you may perform about twenty additional days of Jail/Work project – usually raking leaves or picking up trash.

A three month DUI class if your test result is less than 0.15, a six month DUI class if your test result is .15 to .19, and a nine month dui program if your test result is 0.20 or higher.

Suspension of your driver's license for a minimum of six months. After 1 month not driving at all you can get a restricted license which allows you to drive for all work related driving and to and from the alcohol school.

You must also install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you own or operate for a period of 5 months.  If you equip your car with an ignition interlock device you are permitted to drive anywhere, anytime and it does not have to be work related.  CALL NOW (916) 498-8460 FOR MY FREE NO OBLIGATION, CONFIDENTIAL CASE REVIEW   OR CALL 1 877 DUI-JOHN

Sacramento DUI Second Offense Within Ten Years:

Informal probation four years during which you must:

Minimum sentence of 10 days, 4 of which MUST BE SERVED IN JAIL. (Occasional exceptions usually for medical reasons.)

Obey all laws;

Do not drive unless licensed and insured;

Do not refuse a chemical test if arrested for Driving under the influence

Do not drive with any measurable amounts of alcohol

Complete the Multiple offender's 18 Month DUI Class

Suspension of driver's license for 3 months before you can install an ignition interlock device and drive anywhere and anytime as long as you are using the IID.  You will have to keep the ignition interlock device in your car for 12 months and cannot drive any vehicle which is not equipped with an IID during that time.

Sacramento Third DUI Offense Within Ten Years:

Minimum punishment is 120 day sentence and the court usually wants 6 days actually spent in jail with the balance of the sentence served on some form of Sheriff's work alternative or home detention.

The length of probation on a 3rd is generally 5 years with the same terms and conditions as mentioned above.

Completion of the 18 month DUI class.

Ignition interlock in your car for 24 months and you can get a restricted license with the IID after only 90 days of serving your no drive hard suspension.

Can be designated as a habitual traffic offender which will increase any future traffic fines.

Sacramento Fourth DUI Offense Within Ten Years:

Generally this is filed as a felony although it can be a misdemeanor.

The minimum sentence on a 4th is six months or 180 days.  Usually they will want some time in custody and there is always a potential for prison although I usually do not see fourth offenders getting prison time.

Being labeled a felon has serious and significant drawbacks and can greatly effect your future.  Amongst other repercussions felons cannot own or possess firearms.

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