Driving Under the Influence: Alcohol/Drugs (VC 23152)

Per California DUI laws, it is illegal to drive a vehicle with blood alcohol content (BAC) percentages:

0.08% or higher―21 years old or older operating a regular passenger vehicle.

0.04% or higher―operating a commercial vehicle.

0.01% or higher―younger than 21 years old.

It is also illegal to drive a vehicle if under the influence of illegal drugs and/or medications, whether it be prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs.

When arrested for a DUI, most people believe that it will be impossible to successfully challenge DUI charges. Usually this is wrong, Our Criminal Defense attorneys have successfully represented many clients against DUI related charges.

Often equipment malfunctions can create inaccurate readings, and all forms of BAC testing are prone to error. Blood samples that were taken during your arrest can be acquired in order for us to have them tested at an independent laboratory. This procedure has often led to different results in your blood tests.

Did you know that during the roadside investigation that led to your DUI arrest the arresting officer is required to follow set of standardized procedures? Many police officers fail to follow these guidelines, making evidence gathered in the field questionable.

As you can see our team of Criminal Defense attorneys will investigate your DUI case from every angle and we will find any errors made by the police and by their testing equipment.

The Arrest

A DUI commonly begins with an officer of the law pulling you over, or at a checkpoint. If the officer suspects you to be under the influence, he will ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests, you will also be required to blow into a handheld Breathalyzer. If you are thought to be under the influence, the officer will proceed to arrest you and you will be asked to take either a blood test or a breath test at the police station, or at a hospital.

Refusing both the breath and blood test can result in much tougher DUI penalties, often including a one year driver’s license suspension.

Normally if you are arrested for a misdemeanor DUI, you will be released a few hours after your arrest. In case of felony DUIs, you may be required to post bail in order to be released. After you are released you should be given a citation that requires you to appear in court on a certain date and you will also be given a temporary driver’s license. Your regular driver’s license is usually taken by the arresting police officer and mailed to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have an out-of-state driver’s license then the police officer will return your driver’s license to you when you are released.

Our DUI lawyers and DUI court

Our expert DUI lawyers will be able to attend most of the DUI court proceedings on your behalf, you will only be required to attend if there is a hearing in which you are required to testify or if the case goes to trial. DUI cases often involve multiple court dates and can run over the course of several months.

During the course of your DUI proceedings, your DUI attorney will spend their time collecting evidence in order to better negotiate with the judge and prosecutor on your behalf. Your attorney will use any evidence gathered to seek dismissal or reductions to any charges you may be facing.

If after all these proceeding, no settlement is reached then the DUI case will be set for a jury trial. Often during a trial, our DUI lawyers will be able to negotiate better deals by using the trial as an opportunity to review minor details that could have been overlooked by the District Attorney.