A typical DUI fine in Los Angeles is $390 plus Penalty Assessments. The penalty assessments however, is the majority of the fine. Simply, the government adds 12 different additional fees ranging from $1 for every $10 of fine to $100 for every misdemeanor conviction. Those additions usually increase fines for a DUI conviction in Los Angeles to approximately $1,790; a huge difference from the $390 base fine.
The fine structure is not unique for Driving Under the Influence conviction. A conviction for running a red light, a $50 base fine, will be at least $225.
Here is the breakdown of the fines by statutes.
- PC 1464 adds $10 for every $10 of a base fine for every criminal offense,state penalty.
- GC 76000 adds $7 for every $10, county additional penalty
- GC 7032 adds $5 (depends on County) for every $10 in fines for “local courthouse construction fund” – for Los Angeles and Ventura County $5
- GC 76104.6 adds $1 for every $10 in fines for county funds for all criminal offenses.
- GC 76104.7 adds $4 for every $10
- GC 76000.5 authorizes $2 for every $10 if county board authorizes it to support emergency medical services. So the total penalty assessment varies between $21 for counties that don’t charge discretionary charges to $29 for counties that charge maximum allowed under the law for each $10 of a base fine. Not surprisingly, cash strapped Los Angeles county charges the full maximum allowed $29 dollars for every $10 in fines.
- VC 1465.7 adds %20 to the base fine for each offense.
- PC 1465.8 adds $40 fee for each fine.
- PC 1463.16 adds $50 alcohol abuse program
- PC 1202.4 adds $150 restitution fine for misdemeanors,or $300 if the person is convicted of a felony
- PC 1456.8 adds $40 as funding court operations
- GC 70373 adds $30 for each count of misdemeanor or felony and $35 for infractions.
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