Limits and Fines

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If you are arrested for driving under the influence the DMV will suspend your driving privilege and the police officer may take your driver’s license and issue you a temporary license for 30 days. After you are arrested you have ten days to request a hearing. Here’s what you need to know:

📈 BAC Limit

  • 💪 Drivers 21 and older: 0.08%
  • 🧒 Drivers under 21: 0.01%

💰 Fines

  • 💰 First Offense: $390-$1,000
  • 💰 Second Offense: $390-$1,000
  • 💰 Third Offense: $390-$1,000

🚗 Consequences

  • 💔 Suspension or revocation of your license
  • 🔒 Possible jail time
  • 💰 Increased insurance premiums

Tips to stay safe

  • 🍹 Don’t drink and drive
  • 💤 If you’ve been drinking, find a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service
  • 🚶‍♀️ If you’re at a party and don’t have a designated driver, stay the night

Remember, driving under the influence is a serious crime that endangers the lives of everyone on the road.

DUI Convictions

After your hearing if you are convicted of a DUI your driving privilege will be suspended or fully revoked. A DUI conviction will stay on your record for ten years and if you incur a future DUI, the penalties will likely be harsher. 

  • You will need to take a DUI program
  • You will be liable to pay restriction or license reissue fees
  • You will have to file a CA Insurance Proof Certificate (SR 22/SR 1P)
  • You may have to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle

Additional penalties that may be given to you: 

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • A fine between $390 and $1000
  • Your vehicle may be impounded and you will be charged for the storage fee
  • Civil lawsuits if you caused injury or death to others because of your DUI