My younger brother who is 19 was stopped for skidding on the road last week. It turns out he drank around the equivalent of 7 beers ( he drank a 1 and 1/2 tall cans of malt liquor that are about 10% ABV) and failed the field sobriety tests and the breathalizer test. He also had 4 passengers in the car who are all under 21 who were also intoxicated and had open alcohol containers in the car. This is his first time offense in anything and is awaiting trial for this in a few weeks. I just wanted to ask what are the possible punishments for everything that went on
Although I do not practice in your state, it seems that this question should be asked of his lawyer
Typical first offense punishment, if ONLY for a DUI, involves probation, fines, alcohol programs, and possible other seminars/classes. It can also involve Cal Trans, Community Service, and sometimes jail. The law allows for a maximum of up to 6 months in jail. Of course, the punishment is based on the facts of each case. He has some possible other punishment as well, given what you've said so far. You and/or he should ask his lawyer more specifically what the charges are.
Typical punishment for a first offense misdemeanor DUI:
- Three to five years informal probation
- $1,800 in fines and penalty assessents
- Up to 6 months jail. Most counties order between 48 hours to 30 days of custody and many counties allow defendant's to complete the time by participating in some sort of work program.
- Level 1 DUI class (30 hours)
Becasue your brother is under 21 his license will also be suspended for a year.
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