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California DUI 4th/Fourth Offense Penalties

What punishment am I facing for a fourth-time DUI?

While 1st, 2nd and 3rd-time DUI in California is only a misdemeanor, a 4th offense within 10 years becomes a felony. And the penalties become significantly worse.

When convicted of driving under the influence in California for the fourth time, the potential penalties are as follows:

  • 16 months, or two or three years in California State Prison,
  • between $390-$1,000 in fines,
  • a four-year driver's license suspension, and
  • designation as a "habitual traffic offender" (HTO) by the California DMV.

While the California Vehicle Code allows all of these penalties to be imposed, our Southern California DUI defense lawyers emphasize that the maximum is not inevitable. We strongly advise anyone facing California DUI 4th/Fourth Offense Penalties to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

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DUI cases are rarely hopeless. DUI convictions are almost never inevitable. Clients retain our California DUI defense attorneys for one reason: they want to fight the case. And win.

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The police arrested you for DUI. You gave a blood or a breath sample. The DUI officer confiscated you drivers license. The police released you with a notice to appear in court in a few weeks. Where do you go from here? Our lawyers are here to guide you step by step.