Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Know the consequences of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) this St. Patrick’s Day.

The safest and wisest road is not to drink at all if you plan to drive.  Choosing to drive drunk can ruin or end your life or someone else’s.


*The following information is subject to periodic legislative updates.*

California is a zero-tolerance state, making it illegal for drivers under 21 to reach or exceed a .05% blood alcohol level (BAC). The illegal BAC is .08% for drivers 21 and older.

• One year without a driver license if under 21

• Four months without a driver license if 21 and older

• $22,500 in fees and fines (depending on your judicial district)

• 48 hours jail time

• Three-year probation

• Must install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on all vehicles you own or operate in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties. It is at the discretion of the court in all other counties.

• Loss of “good driver” status for 10 years and two points on driving record

• Auto insurance policy could be cancelled or subjected to increased rates

• 15 weeks DUI classes and two DUI Impact classes (depending on your judicial district)

• Additional medical and car repair bills if in a collision, potential felony drunk driving charges if someone is injured or killed, possible job loss and the total of your vehicle.

WORST OF ALL: Lifelong Guilt especially if you hurt or kill another person. 

Click to the California Department of Motor Vehicles website for more updated information.