14601 (suspended due to a prior reckless driving conviction)
Sentence: Minimum 5 days in county jail and a fine of $300 (plus penalty assessments); maximum 6 months county jail and a fine of $1,000.
14601.1 (This is the one that most suspensions fall under. It can be for anything from failing to appear to non-payment of child support)
Sentence: No mandatory minimum jail sentence, minimum fine $300 plus penalty assessments. Maximum 6 months county jail and a fine of $1,000.
14601.2 (License suspended for prior DUI conviction)
This section is the most harsh of all the license suspension subsections. If your license was suspended for a prior DUI and you are caught driving (or if your license was restricted and you were driving outside the restriction), the possible sentence is:
Minimum - 10 days county jail, $300 fine and the requirement that you install an ignition interlock device on any car you own or have access to for up to three years. That ignition interlock requires physical installation (often with drilling a hole in your dashboard) and you would be responsible for the cost of maintenance and calibration (required periodically). Maximum sentence for a conviction is 6 months in county jail, a thousand dollar fine and the ignition interlock device.
14601.3 (driving after suspension for being designated a "habitual traffic offender")
If you get too many points on your license and are declared a habitual traffic offender by the court, your license can be suspended. "Points" are generally moving violations and are listed under Vehicle Code section 12810. If caught driving while under that suspension, the minimum sentence is 30 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. A second conviction within 7 years has a minimum of 180 days in jail.
14601.5 (suspended for excessive blood alcohol level)
If you were arrested for a DUI, your license was likely taken away and you were given paperwork to contest it being suspended by the DMV at an administrative hearing. This is separate from any criminal proceedings in court. If you lose (or don't request) the hearing, your license will be suspended by the DMV. If you are caught driving during that suspension, a conviction carries up to 6 months in county jail (no mandatory minimum) and a fine of up to $1,000 (minimum fine is $300).
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