Drunk Driving penalties in California are set forth by statute and can be incredibly complex. The range of possible sentences is determined by the basic statute, with sentence enhancements for such things as:
Within the range, the actual sentence in a drinking and driving case will be affected by:
Summary of DUI criminal and license suspension laws, from the Auto Club.
California DUI Penalties
Further links to websites relating to penalties in California for drunk driving.
Clearing Your Record
Discussion of post-conviction procedures for setting aside a plea or verdict of guilty and obtaining a dismissal.
Drunk Driving Penalties by State
A brief chart of penalties for drunk driving arranged by state, from the Consumer Insurance Guide.