A DUI is a serious criminal charge that may result in significant penalties.
A first DUI conviction for drivers 21 years of age or older can include a sentence of probation, license suspensions, alcohol program, up to six months in county jail, fines, and other penalties.
A second or subsequent DUI conviction can result in more severe punishment, which could include longer probation, more jail time, longer alcohol program, longer license suspensions, higher fines, and other penalties. A felony DUI conviction can include a sentence of 16 months, two years, or three years in state prison, as well as fines, license suspensions or revocation, mandatory DUI school, and other penalties.
To determine if an incident will be charged as a multiple DUI offense, a previous drunk driving incident can be used as a prior if it was within the past ten years. Therefore, even if a significant amount of time has passed since the previous offense, if it is within ten years, the new arrest will be considered a second DUI offense, despite the length of time that has passed.