Payment of Fines

Paying Your Traffic Fines

The court can tell you what amount to pay. The fine, penalties, and fees for infractions can be $465 or more.

After the court has decided your fine, you can pay in person at the court or by mail. Check the ticket, courtesy notice, or court website to see whether you can also pay by phone or online. If the court allows payment online, you can click to pay on the Internet at the State of California website.

For more serious misdemeanors like DUIs (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), your fine, penalties, and fees will probably be close to $5000, or more. And there can be other consequences, like losing your driver’s license or even going to jail.

If you have been charged with a DUI for the first time, you may:

  • Go to jail for up to 6 months;
  • Pay close to $5000 or more; and
  • Lose your driver's license for 6 months and be ordered to complete a 3-month or 9-month program.

If this is your second DUI in the last 10 years, you may:

  • Go to jail for a period of time between 96 hours and 1 year;
  • Pay close to $5000 or more; and
  • Lose your driver's license for 2 years and complete an 18-month or 30-month program.


If this is your third DUI in the last 10 years, you may:

  • Go to jail for a period of time between 4 months and 1 year;
  • Pay up to close to $5000 or more; and
  • Lose your driver's license for 3 years.

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