Guide to DUI Penalties in Davis, CA

What are the DUI penalties in Davis, CA?

Standard DUI penalties in Davis CA follow the sentencing guidelines for all of Yolo County and are as follows (for 21 years and older):

In marginal BAC, or cases with proof problems, the DA may offer a Wet Reckless. This is still an alcohol related offense and is considered a prior for purposes of subsequent sentencing. The maximum sentence for a first time Wet Reckless is 90 days in jail and $1000 in fines plus penalty assessments. The normal disposition is more likely 3 years of informal probation with standard terms, fines of about $853.00 and a 12 hour DUI school.

The Maximum Court Penalty for a first offense DUI is 6 months in jail, $1000 in fines, plus penalty assessments. This is true throughout the State of CA.

Yolo County Guidelines on a first offense:

3 years informal probation. Normal probation conditions include:
1. Obey all laws
2. Don’t drink and drive with any amount of alcohol or intoxicants (this includes drugs that impair your ability to drive)
3. Don’t refuse the chemical test of your Blood or Breath if lawfully arrested
4. Don’t drive without a valid license and insurance
5. Don’t consume alcohol and stay away from places where alcohol is the chief item of sale for 6 months.

[In some instances the court will order SCRAM for 6 months, but will let you remove it after 90 days if you don’t have any problems. SCRAM checks for alcohol consumption by detecting and measuring any ethanol through your skin’s vaporous perspiration. The machine automatically tests for alcohol consumption every 30 minutes around the clock. There is a cost for this and you can contact SCRAM of CA for pricing (530) 350-2500.]

[In rare instances the court will order an Ignition Interlock Device IID, which prevents vehicles from starting if the driver has a certain breath alcohol level]

Although jail time is ordered, it would be rare that anyone would be ordered to do actual jail on a first offense case. The District Attorney’s (DA) offer normally starts with 4 days of time but you will get credit for any time you served. If you were arrested and booked on one day but not released until sometime the next day, you may even be time served, factoring in the PC4019 credits.

Potential Enhancements

Excessive BAC

The DA adds time for what they term Excessive BAC, which simply means a high blood or breath alcohol level. On a first offense case, the additional time they add is as follows: .15-.20 (4 days), .21-.25 (10 days), .26-.30 (15 days), .31-.35 (20 days), .36-.40 (25 days), and .41+ (30 days).

Child Endangerment

The DA adds an additional 2 days on a first offense case for having a child under 14 in the car.

Excessive Speed

If you were driving 20+ mph over the speed limit on surface streets or 30+ mph over the speed limit on the highway, the DA will ask for an additional 60 days. 

Chemical Test Refusal

If you refused the chemical test the DA will ask for an additional 2 days.

Aside from the normal enhancements the DA may ask for additional time for any other aggravating circumstances.

Fines total approximately $1958.00.

A DUI school is ordered. The length is determined mostly by the BAC. Under .20 is a 3 month class. .20 or higher requires a 9 month class. A 9 month class would also be ordered if there was a chemical test refusal.

In addition to the criminal court penalties there are DMV consequences. There are two different types of DMV suspensions. One is the APS suspension. If you don’t request a hearing or you lose, the suspension is 4 months or at your election, a 1 month suspension followed by a 5 month restriction. The other suspension is connected to the court conviction. It can be 6 or 10 months. If you refused the evidentiary chemical test, your license will be suspended for 1 year with no ability to get a restriction during that time period.

The Maximum Court Penalty for a second offense DUI is 1 year in jail, $1000 in fines, plus penalty assessments. This is true throughout the State of CA.

In marginal BAC or cases with proof problems the DA may offer a Wet Reckless. This is still an alcohol related offense and is considered a prior for purposes of subsequent sentencing. The maximum sentence for a Wet Reckless is 90 days in jail and $1000 in fines plus penalty assessments. Although a Wet Disposition may be offered on a second offence, it is very rare. A Wet second would likely cause some number of days to be ordered, fines would be about $853.00 and it would require a 9 month DUI school.

Yolo County Guidelines for a second offense:

a. 4 years informal probation. (In some instances formal probation may be ordered) Normal probation conditions include:

1. Obey all laws
2. Don’t drink and drive with any amount of alcohol or intoxicants (this includes drugs that impair your ability to drive)
3. Don’t refuse the chemical test of your Blood or Breath if lawfully arrested
4. Don’t drive without a valid license and insurance
5. Don’t consume alcohol for the entire period of probation and stay away from places where alcohol is the chief item of sale.

[The court may also order SCRAM for 2 years but let you remove it after 6 months if there are no problems. SCRAM checks for alcohol consumption by detecting and measuring any ethanol through your skin’s vaporous perspiration. The machine automatically tests for alcohol consumption every 30 minutes around the clock. There is a cost for this and you can contact SCRAM of CA for pricing (530) 350-2500.]

[The court may also order an Ignition Interlock Device IID for a period of time (normally 1 year), which prevents vehicles from starting if the driver has a certain breath alcohol level]

b. As for jail time, the District Attorney’s (DA) offer normally starts with 15 days of time but you will get credit for any time you served upon arrest. If you were arrested and booked on one day but not released until sometime the next day, you may even be time served, factoring in the PC4019 credits.

Potential Enhancements

Excessive BAC

The DA adds time for what they term Excessive BAC, which simply means a high blood or breath alcohol level. On a first offense case, the additional time they add is as follows: .15-.20 (5 days), .21-.25 (15 days), .26-.30 (25 days), .31-.35 (35 days), .36-.40 (45 days), and .41+ (55 days).

Child Endangerment

The DA adds an additional 10 days on a second offense case for having a child under 14 in the car.

Excessive Speed

If you were driving 20+ mph over the speed limit on surface streets or 30+ mph over the speed limit on the highway, the DA will ask for an additional 60 days.

Chemical Test Refusal

If you refused the chemical test the DA will ask for an additional 4 days.

Aside from the normal enhancements, the DA may ask for additional time for any other aggravating circumstances.

c. Fines total approximately $2204.00.

A DUI school (SB38) that lasts 18 months will be ordered.

The court may also order your vehicle be impounded for 1-30 days.

In addition to the criminal court penalties there are DMV consequences. There are two different types of DMV suspensions. One is the APS suspension. If you don’t request a hearing or you lose, the suspension is 1 year. A court conviction causes a 2 year suspension. If you refused the evidentiary chemical test your license will be suspended for 2 years with no ability to get a restriction during that time period. On second offense cases, except where there is a refusal or a person was on DUI probation at the time of the offense, an individual may be eligible for a driver’s license after just 90 days by putting an Ignition Interlock Device on their vehicle(s).

The Maximum Court Penalty for a third offense DUI is 1 year in jail, $1000 in fines, plus penalty assessments. This is true throughout the State of CA.

Yolo County Guidelines on a third offense (as a general rule):

5 years informal probation. (In some instances formal probation may be ordered) Normal probation conditions include:
1. Obey all laws
2. Don’t drink and drive with any amount of alcohol or intoxicants (this includes drugs that impair your ability to drive)
3. Don’t refuse the chemical test of your Blood or Breath if lawfully arrested
4. Don’t drive without a valid license and insurance
5. Don’t consume alcohol for the entire period of probation and stay away from places where alcohol is the chief item of sale.

[The court may also order SCRAM for 5 years but let you remove it after 1 year if there are no problems. SCRAM checks for alcohol consumption by detecting and measuring any ethanol through your skin’s vaporous perspiration. The machine automatically tests for alcohol consumption every 30 minutes around the clock. There is a cost for this and you can contact SCRAM of CA for pricing (530) 350-2500.]

[The court may also order an Ignition Interlock Device IID for a period of time (normally 1 year), which prevents vehicles from starting if the driver has a certain breath alcohol level]

As for jail time, the District Attorney’s (DA) offer normally starts with 150 days of time but you will get credit for any time you served upon arrest. If you were arrested and booked on one day but not released until sometime the next day, you may even be time served, factoring in the PC4019 credits.

Potential Enhancements

Excessive BAC

The DA adds time for what they term Excessive BAC, which simply means a high blood or breath alcohol level. On a first offense case, the additional time they add is as follows: .15-.20 (10 days), .21-.25 (25 days), .26-.30 (40 days), .31-.35 (55 days), .36-.40 (70 days), and .41+ (85 days).

Child Endangerment

The DA adds an additional 30 days on a third offense case for having a child under 14 in the car.

Excessive Speed

If you were driving 20+ mph over the speed limit on surface streets or 30+ mph over the speed limit on the highway, the DA will ask for an additional 60 days.

Chemical Test Refusal

If you refused the chemical test the DA will ask for an additional 10 days.

Aside from the normal enhancements the DA may ask for additional time for any other aggravating circumstances.

Fines total approximately $3229.00.

A DUI school that lasts 18 months will be ordered.

The court may also order your vehicle be impounded for 1-90 days.

In addition to the criminal court penalties there are DMV consequences. There are two different types of DMV suspensions. One is the APS suspension. If you don’t request a hearing or you lose, the suspension is 1 year. A court conviction causes a 3 year suspension. If you refused the evidentiary chemical test your license will be suspended for 3 years with no ability to get a restriction during that time period. On third offense cases, except where there is a refusal or a person was on DUI probation at the time of the offense, an individual may be eligible for a driver’s license after just 180 days by putting an Ignition Interlock Device on their vehicle(s). Be aware that the court has the ability to revoke a license for 10 years on third offense DUI cases.

Yolo County DUI Frequently Asked Questions

If someone I know has been arrested for a DUI, where will I pick them up when they are released?

The jail, known as the Monroe Detention Center or Leinberger Center, is located at 140 Tony Diaz Drive Woodland CA 95776.

How can I find out if someone is in the Monroe Detention Center?

There doesn’t appear to be an inmate locater for the Yolo County Jail.  A reputable Bail Bond Agency can contact the jail for you though. We suggest calling (916) 446-2663.

What is the standard Yolo County Misdemeanor DUI Bail Schedule?

VC§23152 (No Priors)-$10,000.

VC§23152 (1 Prior)-$20,000.

VC§23152 (2 Priors)-$30,000.

Can I avoid appearing in court if I have a private attorney?

In most instances, the answer is yes.

How do I make arrangements to pay my fines in Yolo County after court?

If you are at the courthouse at the time of sentencing, there is a fines window in the lobby and a clerk will have you fill out several pages of information about your finances and will tell you when and how you need to make payments.  If you have a private attorney, there is a phone number on the back of the court documents.

Where do I sign up to do Alternative Sentence Time if I don’t want to do real jail time?

The Sheriff’s Alternative Sentence Office, where you sign up for Home Custody / Electronic Monitoring or Sheriff’s Working Inmate Program (S.W.I.P.) is located at 140A Tony Diaz Drive Woodland CA 95776.  Along with your court papers, you’ll need some form of government issued identification.


Where can I park for court in Woodland?

The new courthouse is located at 1000 Main Street in Woodland, CA.  Parking is limited and there is no designated parking lot for the courthouse, unless you work there.

Street parking free but it’s scarce.

(See Map  - the four circled areas are the best places to park.)

What DUI schools are offered in Yolo County?

The Safety Center is the only DUI school offered in Yolo County.  There are three locations; one in Davis, one in West Sacramento and one in Woodland. 


If I live outside Yolo County, is there a list of DUI Schools I can attend?

Click this link to open our PDF in a new tab ----> California DUI Schools