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DUI SENTENCING 

Every DUI charge is different; therefore, the amount of fines, jail sentence, or any other consequence of a DUI conviction is different for every case. See DUI Criminal Charges for a more detailed discussion on the types of DUI charges.

DUIs are classified as infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. Felony DUIs generally result in more jail time but the length of jail time varies greatly depending on the exact DUI charge and any enhancements that may have been added.

For example: a felony DUI resulting in any bodily injury carries up to a three year prison term, a felony DUI with severe bodily injury carries up to a three year term plus a five year enhancement for a total of eight years in prison, and a DUI charge in connection with a death can lead to a murder charge.

Besides the Consequences listed below, the Defendant may be subject to civil lawsuits if personal property was damaged or if injury resulted from an accident while DUI. The driver may also be in violation of probation from an earlier crime (including DUI), and a DUI could lead to immigration consequences (deportation or denial of citizenship), or professional license restriction.

In addition, a DUI convictions usually lead to insurance rate hikes, fines, fees for DUI classes and loss of driving privileges. It is very important to discuss these consequences with a Fontana DUI Attorney at the earliest possible time after you have been charged with a DUI.

First Misdemeanor DUI

48 hours of mandatory minimum jail time and up to six (6) months of jail or jail alternative. 3-5 years of informal probation (with strict driving terms designed to stop DUI repeat offenders). Approximately $2,000 in fines (this number changes frequently), four (4) to nine (9) months of DUI Classes (depending on BAC levels). License suspension for up to six (6) months, or a year if under twenty-one or refusal to take chemical test (In addition to any license suspension after a DMV hearing). In addition, the court may order the defendant's vehicle impounded or require the defendant to install an interlock ignition device on his or her vehicle.

Second Misdemeanor DUI

96 hours of mandatory minimum jail time and up to one (1) year of jail or jail alternative. 3-5 years of informal probation (with strict driving terms designed to stop DUI repeat offenders). Approximately $2,000 in fines (this number changes frequently), eighteen (18) months of DUI classes. License suspension for one (1) year. In addition, the court may order the defendant's vehicle impounded or required the defendant to install an interlock ignition device on his or her vehicle.

 

 


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