What to do After a DUI Arrest in California

California Drunk Driving Requirements

If you are arrested in State of California for driving under the influence you will face a criminal court case and an administrative per se hearing through the California Department of Motor Vehicles to determine the status of your driving privileges.  If you are convicted of a DUI, you could be required to:


  • Complete an alcohol program
  • Serve three (3) years of informal probation
  • Pay fines of $390 to $1000 plus penalty assessments
  • Serve jail time
  • Complete court ordered community service
  • Attend a MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • Attend AA Meetings
  • Wear a SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device
  • Install an Ignition Interlock Device

Depending on the circumstances of your case, some or all of these may be required by the judge and/or CA DMV to reinstate your driving privileges.  Driving under the influence is a serious offense in California and across the United States.  Because of the number of alcohol-related deaths on America’s roadways, law enforcement is cracking down.  A conviction for driving under the influence can cost you around $10,000 considering the cost of hiring an attorney and increased insurance premiums.  It will only continue to get more expensive.  If you are arrested for a second or subsequent DUI, most jurisdictions will require mandatory jail time and at least a year long license suspension.

Alcohol-monitoring devices can save lives, not only for those wearing them but for everyone on the road.  Monitors like the SCRAM CAM test for alcohol-consumption 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They ensure that an offender is remaining completely sober during the monitoring period.  If a positive drinking event is registered, they are immediately referred back to the court and could face additional penalties for violating a court order or the terms of their probation.