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Drunk Driving Archives

Plea arrangements for DUI charges in California

A plea bargain is an arrangement where a person who has been charged with a crime agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in exchange for either a reduction of the charges or of the penalties for conviction. This is something that has to be agreed upon by both the prosecution and the person facing the charges.

Interlock devices after convictions on drunk driving charges

Ignition interlock devices are required for some drivers who have drunk driving convictions in California. For people who must use one of these devices on the vehicles they drive, it is imperative that they understand the purpose of the device and the way it works.

How DUI charges can affect insurance rates

California residents may be interested to hear about how a DUI charge can lead to an increase in insurance rates. Many insurance companies hike up rates even after first DUI charges because of the notion that the drivers have driven drunk before the time of the DUIs. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, first-time offenders have a blood alcohol content of around .16 percent compared to .18 percent for people who have faced DUI arrests in the past. In every state, a BAC of over .08 percent indicates intoxication and increases the risk of an accident.

Cleaning up your record to get a CDL

Under the law AB-60, which took effect January 1, 2015, it is now possible for undocumented persons who can prove their identities, establish California residency and comply with other requirements, to receive a California driver license ("CDL"). Many of my clients are taking advantage of this excellent opportunity.

Defenses to DUI in California

There are several ways to defend against a California DUI charge. One of the most popular methods is to challenge the validity or legality of the initial stop and whether the officer had reasonable probable cause to pull over the driver. Another is to question whether sampling or performance tests were performed correctly and interpreted accurately using properly functioning equipment. However, there are certain factual defenses which may lessen or eliminate the charge altogether.

Man charged with DUI at drive-thru

A California man was recently taken into custody by police in Madera after reportedly falling asleep in a drive-thru lane. Authorities in the area allege that his blood alcohol content measured at .16 percent, which is twice the legal limit of .08 percent. The man also reportedly failed the field sobriety test to which he was subjected.

California checkpoint results in DUI charges, impounded vehicles

Police in California took one driver into custody as a result of a DUI checkpoint, according to reports. Officers conducted the checkpoint from 7 p.m. on Dec 27 to 2 a.m. on Dec. 28 on the 1900 block of Ming Ave. in Bakersfield. The DUI checkpoint resulted in one driver being detained under suspicion of drunk driving. However, officers said that they identified 25 drivers who had no valid driver's license. Nine of those drivers were reportedly operating their vehicles with a suspended license, and 12 vehicles were impounded at the checkpoint. A sergeant from the Bakersfield Police Department said that 659 vehicles were screened at the checkpoint.

Overcrowded jails leads to less sentences for DUI offenders

According to reports, the increasingly crowded conditions of California's jail and prison system has led to those convicted of more minor offenses, such as DUI, serving little time as a result. Because the system wants to reserve beds for those charged with more serious crimes such as rape or other felonies, DUI offenders are increasingly receiving more minimal sentences.

Three things to remember during a DUI stop

Many people wonder what police officers look for when stopping a driver they suspect is driving under the influence of DUI. There is no mystery about what piques their interest. Indeed, officers may ask a battery of questions, and you may be afraid of answering them. But knowing what to expect can reduce your anxiety, and possibly lead to you not being arrested. No, we’re not saying that the information in this post will get you out of trouble, but it is helpful information that can come in handy if you are stopped. 

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