What's The Worst That Can Happen for a Los Angeles DUI Arrest?

I HATE this question, and I get it almost every day.  The truth is… it depends.

I will try to answer the question in general terms...but, nobody can answer the question without knowing more about your individual case.  There are a lot of factors that must be considered.  I also HATE this question because it can cause unnecessary fear, anxiety and stress.


A much better question would be,  "What are the consequences that I am realistically looking at because of my DUI arrest?"  After knowing the circumstances of what happened in your case, an experienced DUI attorney can tell you what will likely happen at the DMV and in court; as well as what can be done to try and stop the out of control “justice” system.

Typical First Time Penalties

If convicted of a typical first (1st) time DUI in Los Angeles, you are looking at a maximum penalty of six (6) months in county jail, a six (6) month driver’s license suspension, and over $10,000 in fines, fees, costs and other expenses.

Additionally, you could be placed on five (5) years of probation and forced to attend and complete an alcohol and drug class for the better part of a year. Furthermore, it is now required for any DUI conviction in Los Angeles County that you install a breath test machine in your car!

You Will Likely NOT Go to Jail

Just the threat of being locked up in the Los Angeles County Jail for six months would give even the toughest, hard hitting football player the chills.  But, like I said, I HATE the question of "what is the worst that could happen?".  The truth is, most first time DUI cases don’t require jail time...and, even if jail time is required (which it is on some first time DUI’s) there are options...and, most of the time county jail can be avoided.

Every DUI Case is Different

There are hundreds of facts that must be taken into consideration when analyzing a DUI case, ranging from how a person was driving, to the experience of the investigating officer, to the particular courtroom assigned to the case.

The best way to know what you are realistically looking at is to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney who knows your county, the science, the law, and your case.  Having a realistic idea of what to expect in your case will help you to better endure this most stressful time.