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The Science of Breathalyzers: Limitations and How They Work

By San Diego Attorney on December 4, 2023

California has strict DUI laws to prevent people from driving while intoxicated. Drivers face harsh penalties when convicted of a DUI that may include a revoked or suspended license, heavy fines, and jail time.

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DUI and Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know

By San Diego Attorney on September 20, 2023

Man blowing into an Ignition Interlock Device in his car.

California is tough on DUI. A conviction of driving under the influence carries heavy penalties. Even for a first offense, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, if you are 21 or older, you could be facing jail time, fines, probation, driver’s license suspension, and mandatory attendance in a DUI education program. An ignition interlock device (IID) installation may reduce some of the penalties.

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DUI and Commercial Drivers: Unique Challenges and Consequences

By San Diego Attorney on August 10, 2023

A cup of whiskey next to a set of car keys

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.

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What Do Police Look for to Spot DUIs?

By San Diego Attorney on April 5, 2023

Sobriety check point takes up a street with police cars.

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.

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DUI in a Bus or Multi-Passenger Vehicle

By San Diego Attorney on February 25, 2023

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.

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What If I Had Kids in My Car While DUI?

By San Diego Attorney on January 30, 2023

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.

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Driving Under the Influence in Construction Zones

By San Diego Attorney on January 20, 2023

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.

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Why Is California’s BAC Limit for DUIs 0.08?

By San Diego Attorney on January 10, 2023

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.

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Strange DUIs Involving Unique Vehicles

By San Diego Attorney on December 15, 2022

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.

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What Are DUIs with No Proof of Driving?

By San Diego Attorney on December 5, 2022

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.

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