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.
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.
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.
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.
The mayor of a California city is stepping down amid allegations that he was drunk at the time of a car accident that left four teenage girls injured. The mayor was taken into custody based on the determination of officers on the scene that he was impaired. A breath test indicated that his blood alcohol content was .07 percent, less than California's .08 percent legal limit.