Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Orange County

by jeremy on April 4, 2012

If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Orange County, a typical first offense without extenuating circumstances will generally have the following consequences:

-Minimum fine of about $1,900. This can be higher based on your prior record and if the arresting agency requires booking fees, which can push it up several hundred dollars.

-Three years of informal probation. Terms of probation include that you violate no law, do not drive with a measurable amount of alcohol in your blood, submit to a chemical test on demand, do not drive without a license or insurance, and disclose your probation status when asked by any law enforcement officer. A violation of your probation can result in additional fines and/or jail time.

-Attend and complete a three month first offender alcohol program, called the AB-541. This class generally consists of weekly meetings of two to three hours in length and costs between $500 – $700.

-Completion of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel class. This is a single two hour class which costs $30 to attend.

-Suspension of your license for six months. However, if your license has already been suspended by the DMV prior to your conviction in the criminal court, the suspension will be retroactive to the date of that suspension. In addition, following the mandatory 30 day hard suspension of your driving privileges by the DMV, you may receive a restricted license once you present proof of financial responsibility and enrollment in the AB-541 program to the DMV.

-Increase in insurance premiums by 200% – 500%. Most people don’t realize this hidden cost of a DUI, which can actually be the most expensive penalty of all. However, there are a few tricks that can be utilized to keep this cost to a minimum.

There are many other factors that can increase your total exposure for a DUI conviction. For example:

-If you have any prior convictions for DUI, your penalties will be greatly enhanced, and will most likely result in jail time.

-If you were involved in an accident which resulted in an injury to another, you may be charged with a felony. Even if there is no injury and you are not charged with a felony, you will be required to make restitution to the victim of the accident.

-If it is proved that you refused to submit to a chemical test, your license will be suspended by the DMV for one year and you will likely face jail time. A typical offer would be five days.

-If it is proved that you had a blood alcohol level of greater than .20, you will be required to attend a nine month alcohol offender program. This program is similar to the AB-541, but is three times as long and costs around $1,000.

-If you were speeding and driving in a reckless manner, or had a minor in the car at the time of your driving, this can also result in mandatory jail time.

Please keep in mind that these are the consequences for many DUI convictions in Orange County – but there are many circumstances which can increase or decrease your total exposure, and penalties can vary greatly county to county. Further, the law is constantly changing, and fines have increased dramatically in the past few years. For the most current information, contact us today. Consultations are free and completely confidential.

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