Understanding Blood Alcohol Concentration and Its Effects

Blood Alcohol Concentration, or BAC, is one of those terms that are bandied about a lot but that few people fully understand. So, what follows is only a general overview of what the different BAC levels mean. By examining this BAC breakdown, you will hopefully come to a better understanding of what different BAC levels mean, and why the authorities take them so seriously. The Different BAC Levels and Their Effects It’s important to remember that like any other drug, alcohol affects different people in different ways. Therefore, you may not experience the same effects at the various BAC[...]

The Consequences of a Second DUI Conviction in California

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. The Evidence That Will Be Gathered Against You In order to establish that someone has been driving under the influence, California law enforcement officers will rely upon a number of things. The first piece of evidence gathered will be the officer’s initial impression of a driver’s state, including the way that [...]

Underage DUI Charges in California: What You Need to Know

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. California is a Zero Tolerance State Like many other states in the country, California has exactly zero tolerance when it comes to underage drivers driving under the influ[...]

Can I Get Busted for a DUI Because of Marijuana?

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. While the DUI laws concerning driving while under the influence of alcohol are just the same as driving under the influence of marijuana, the process by which you might bec[...]

California and the 10-Year Look Back Period

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. The 10-Year Look Back Period California does not consider all previous DUI con[...]

What You Need to Do Following a DUI Arrest

Being arrested for a DUI is one of the most stressful situations that a person can endure. Given the level of stress involved, many California drivers will sometimes do things that are not in their best interests. Therefore, we thought it would be useful to share some tips about what you should do following a DUI arrest. If you follow these tips, you have the best chance of achieving the best possible outcome in your DUI case. What to Do at the Station When the officers tell you that anything you say or do can be used against you, they mean it. So, make sure that you keep control of your emo[...]

Should an Out of State Driver Hire a California Attorney for a California DUI?

California sees an immense influx of out of state visitors every year. They come for tourism. They come for business. They come for any number of different reasons. While those visitors are here, they eat and drink. There is always the chance that having a little too much to drink before getting behind the wheel will result in a DUI. As an out of state driver, getting a DUI in California can be even more stressful and frightening than getting one in your home state. What do you need to know? Do you need to hire a California attorney? What will the process look like? Will you lose your license[...]

A Look at California Field Sobriety Tests – What Drivers Should Know

It is a police officer’s job to enforce the laws against driving under the influence. However, it can be very difficult to tell if someone has had too much to drink. The presence of alcohol on the breath is an obvious sign, but it tells the officer nothing about how many drinks the driver has had or how a drink might be affecting the driver’s abilities. To help determine whether or not someone is impaired, a number of field sobriety tests (FSTs) have been developed. If you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI, you might be asked to perform any number of these tests. The Three [...]