DUI Penalties in Orange County

First time DUI in Orange County

The penalties handed down by the Court for a first time DUI in Orange are not nearly as severe as Ventura County and are often less intrusive than those handed down in Los Angeles County given that the installation of an ignition interlock device is not mandated. More specifically, the typical punishment for a first time DUI in Orange county is usually as follows:

  • 3 Years of Summary Probation
  • Fines & Penalties totaling approximately $2000
  • Completion of a 3-Month Drug/Alcohol program
  • Completion of a one-day MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) course
  • 6 month California Driver License suspension (but the defendant can usually continue driving if he/she drives with an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for 6 months)
Second time DUI in Orange County
  • 3 to 5 Years of Summary Probation
  • Fines & Penalties totaling approximately $2000
  • 96 hours to one year in county jail. It is not uncommon for a 2nd time DUI offender in Orange County to receive a sentence of 45-90 days in county jail. However, this may often be converted to home confinement or Caltrans.
  • Completion of an 18 to 30 Month Drug/Alcohol program
  • Orange County Judges are much more likely to assign additional duties to a defendant to attend AA classes or community service
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for 1 year
Third time DUI in Orange County
  • 3 to 5 Years of Summary Probation
  • Fines & Penalties totaling approximately $2800
  • Minimum jail sentence of 120 days or more
  • Completion of a 30 Month Drug/Alcohol program
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for 2 years

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