California DUI Laws Explained

In 2014, four new statutes regarding DUIs were added to the California Vehicle Code Section 23152. The statutes were implemented in an attempt to reduce the high numbers of drunken driving.

Defining a DUI

A DUI is defined as someone who is caught driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs or the combination of both. Adults, minors, and truck drivers found with a blood alcohol level of; 0.08%, 0.01%, and 0.04% respectively, will be charged accordingly. Minors refer to anyone under the age of 21.

Minors found with a blood alcohol level of 0.01% or higher can face a two-year suspension from driving as determined by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Adults found with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% and higher face a standard suspension from driving privileges.

2014 Statutes

It is illegal to drive while intoxicated. If a driver’s blood alcohol level is 0.08% and higher, this is automatically considered as illegal driving. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of narcotics, alcohol, or a combination of the two.

DUI Consequences

Anyone charged with a DUI faces some serious consequences. This includes driving privileges being revoked as well as acquiring a criminal record if the DUI is charged as a felony. There are criminal and regulatory penalties applied to first, second, and third DUI offenses.

First DUI Charge

The penalties of a first-degree offense include monetary fines, a 30-day temporary license which only allows a driver to commute to work and home, a mandatory alcohol treatment program, and probation of up to five years.

Second DUI Charge

This charge carries with it jail time, monetary fines, a one-year alcohol treatment program, the installation of an interlock device, revoked driving privileges for a year, and a maximum of 10 years probation.

Third DUI Charge

A third offense is an immediate sentence to four months in prison, monetary fines, three years of revoked driving privileges, a felony charge with a result of indefinite vehicle confiscation.

Do the right thing and abstain from driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Choose not to endanger your life and other motorists too.

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