DUI | San Diego Law Blog
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious matter in California under any circumstances. Commercial drivers are subject to more oversight and much stiffer penalties than other drivers. A conviction of a commercial driver DUI can mean the loss of your commercial driver’s license (CDL) and a significant impact on the ability to earn a living.
Any time a police officer pulls a driver over or responds to the scene of an accident, they’re conducting an investigation. One of the main things they’re looking for is signs of driver intoxication.
When you get pulled over, the officer is scrutinizing everything you say and do. You’ll always want to be polite when talking to an officer who pulls you over, but you don’t have to tell them anything that could incriminate you and you aren’t required to take a roadside sobriety test.
Any DUI charge can be a very serious legal problem – but when the incident involves a bus or other multi-passenger vehicle, the consequences are worse. The driver of a bus or multi-passenger vehicle is held to a higher standard, as these drivers are responsible for the lives of many other people.
Charged with DUI while operating a commercial passenger vehicle? Call our San Diego criminal defense lawyer immediately at (760) 630-2000.
DUI charges can disrupt your life significantly, especially if your actions caused an accident. You may face fines, jail time, or a suspended license if you are convicted of driving under the influence. Things can get significantly worse if you have kids in the car while driving under the influence. Judges and prosecutors will often consider you a threat to public safety and may also charge you with child endangerment. Child abuse charges are also common for DUI offenders with children on board. Read on to learn about DUI charges with kids in your car and the possible consequences.
Construction zones can be very dangerous for road workers. This has made it necessary for drivers to slow down when driving in these zones. Law enforcement officers tend to monitor construction zones to ensure workers are safe and motorists adhere to guidelines. They also watch out for potential drunk drivers in these zones.
When a driver is intoxicated and ends up causing injuries to workers in a construction zone, they will face legal consequences. Read on to learn more about DUI laws in construction zones and the potential penalties for those found in violation. You will also learn how to defend yourself when faced with such charges.
DUI, also commonly called driving under the influence, is one of the most common causes of accidents in California. Due to this, the state has taken various measures to prevent DUIs, including introducing a BAC limit of 0.08. This means that the legal alcohol limit for adults in California is a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration. The law imposes even a lower BAC limit for commercial, limo, taxis, and underage drivers. Read on to find out why this is the case and how the law impacts drivers in California.
A DUI is a criminal offense that occurs when a person operates a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This can include driving while under the influence of prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, illegal drugs, or alcohol. A DUI can also occur when a person has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. If a person is convicted of a DUI, they may face penalties such as fines, jail time, and the suspension of their driver’s license.
DUIs without proof of driving are called “DUIs by discovery.” This is when the arresting officer finds no evidence that the driver was operating the vehicle. The most common type of DUI by discovery is when the driver is found sleeping behind the wheel. The driver may be charged with a DUI if the officer believes that the driver was intoxicated at the time of an incident.
Suppose you meet some friends for dinner at a restaurant and have a few drinks with your meal. Then, as you are driving home (extra cautiously), someone runs a red light and T-bones your vehicle. When the police arrived to investigate the crash, can you get a DUI?
The short answer is yes. If you were over the legal limit, you could be charged with driving under the influence, even if the other driver caused the accident.
Aside from DUI checkpoints, police in California need reasonable suspicion to pull you over – facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a crime has taken place or will take place, and that further investigation is warranted. If you were weaving excessively, driving erratically, ran a stop sign, or had a brake light out or a cracked windshield, you may be subjected to a traffic stop. Once they pull you over, officers will be looking for signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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