The primary reason that California continues to strengthen its DUI laws is due to the deaths that are associated with drunk driving incidents. These events are as tragic as they come, and it’s easy to understand why the state has such a vested interest in limiting them. The punishments involved with such cases are quite severe, and they merit attention. Let’s take a look.
Like every other state in the nation, California takes the crime of driving under the influence extremely seriously. This has come to be reflected in the harshness of California’s DUI laws, which essentially throw the book at anyone who picks up a second conviction.
When it comes to DUIs, most people think of alcohol. Many do not realize, however, that prescription drugs can lead and have led to DUI arrests in the state. There is actually a separate term that covers these cases, which is DUID, a term that stands for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. This term applies to cases where a driver is judged to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, illicit drugs, or prescription medication.
Unlike a traditional DUI case, the science surrounding DUID cases is somewhat soft, especially when it comes to prescription drugs. As you likely well know, prescription drugs interact with different people in different ways, and this means there’s no standardized way of judging whether or not they can or will impair an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. This means that it’s more difficult for a prosecutor to secure a DUID conviction, and it opens up a number of avenues through which you can be defended by an experienced California DUI attorney such as myself.
If you’re new to California, then it will be helpful to know that the state is an implied consent state. What this means is that you are required to submit to a chemical test if you are suspected of driving under the influence. When you signed up for your California driver’s license – which you’re required to have if you’ve been living in the state for a period – you agreed to submit to such testing. The reason that you need to understand this is simple. If you are pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence, and you refuse to submit to a chemical test, the penalties that you face for driving under the influence are far greater. That being said, it can make a big difference if you have a skilled attorney representing you in court. But first, let's review your rights.
California’s DUI laws are some of the strictest in the country, and this is especially the case with DUI laws that pertain to underage drivers. Any underage driver that’s caught driving under the influence can expect to incur severe penalties. In order for California’s underage drivers to understand how serious a DUI charge could be for them, I thought I’d take the time to review some of these laws.
The EU is considering a number of new feature requirements for future vehicles. Naturally, the auto industry is resisting this. If the changes become mandatory there then I expect the same requirements to make their way to the States.
The recommended new safety requirements include:
Here is a link to the full article: http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/eu-autos-safety-idINKBN0N72AX20150416
You go out to dinner with friends, and have a beer with dinner. After enjoying your evening out and catching up, you get in the car and head home. Somewhere along the way, you notice blue lights in the rearview mirror. The officer charges you with DUI and you’re arrested – it’s frightening, stressful and all too common. California’s tolerance for driving under the influence is at an all-time low, and rightly so. However, many people who aren’t drunk end up being caught in the crossfire. If this is your first DUI, you might be wondering if there’s any point in hiring an attorney. It’s your first charge, and surely the court will be lenient, right?
As you probably well know, the state of California takes driving under the influence very seriously. One way that California’s DUI laws have been hardened is by adding additional penalties that are associated with child endangerment. Specifically, these laws refer to DUI cases where the driver that has been arrested is found to have a child 14 years old or younger in the automobile with him or her at the time of arrest. In order for you to understand how severe the penalties for this can be, we thought we’d explore them.
Given how permissive the state of California has become with respect to marijuana, there are many California drivers who make the mistake of believing that they can get away with driving while they’re high. This is simply not the case. Just the same as with alcohol, the authorities in the state take incidents of drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of marijuana very seriously, and you can be arrested.
As in every other state in the country, California increases the penalties that a DUI offender faces if he or she has prior DUI convictions. This is all part of the state’s interest in cracking down on and reducing the number of drunk driving incidents that happen in the state each and every year. If you’re facing a current DUI charge that follows subsequent convictions, then you will necessarily want to understand how California takes those previous convictions into account when prosecuting your case.
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by Michael Fremont
Michael Fremont is San Diego's leading DUI Attorney. No one is tougher or more dedicated to your defense.