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Max sentence for first time offender felony dui with gbi in

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Max sentence for first time offender felony dui with gbi in california
Submitted: 18 days ago.
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Expert:  Barrister replied 18 days ago.

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California Vehicle Code 23153 VC defines the crime of "DUI causing injury" as driving under the influence and causing bodily injury to another person as a result. Prosecutors may charge VC 23153 DUI causing injury as either a misdemeanor or a felony.


These are the potential maximum penalties under CA law:.

Felony DUI with injury under VC(###) ###-####--

  • Two, three, or four years in prison, with
  • an additional and consecutive three- to six-year prison sentence if any victim suffers GBI or
  • an additional and consecutive one-year sentence for each additional person that suffers any injury (up to three years maximum),
  • a “strike” on your record pursuant to California's Three Strike's Law if anyone other than yourself suffers great bodily injury,
  • between $1,015-$5,000 in fines,
  • an 18- or 30-month court-approved DUI school,
  • Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) status for three years, and
  • a five-year revocation of your California driver's license.

If you have been charged with this, you need a criminal defense attorney representing you immediately to see if they can get this amended down to a misdemeanor as the penalties are much less severe:


Misdemeanor DUI with injury under VC(###) ###-####--

  • Informal (“summary”) probation for three to five years,
  • five days to one year in a county jail,
  • between $390-$5,000 in fines,
  • a three, nine, 18, or*****approved alcohol or drug education program
  • a one or three-year suspension of your California driving privilege, and
  • restitution to any/all injured parties.




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