What Are the Penalties for My First DUI Conviction?

Depending on the circumstances, you may have to face multiple penalties if you are convicted of a DUI in California. The aggravating and mitigating factors of your case will have to come into play if your conviction results from a jury verdict or plea bargain. The maximum and minimum penalties available to you, however, will … Continue reading What Are the Penalties for My First DUI Conviction?

Are There Weaknesses to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

One major component of being arrested and convicted for a DUI is the standardized field sobriety test. These tests, also known as FSTs, are designed by law enforcement officials to record your balance, coordination and eye movement as evidence of your intoxication. After taking a breathalyzer test, an FST is the next step of the … Continue reading Are There Weaknesses to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

BUI: Boating and Drinking in California

With summer’s official arrival, Californian’s are preparing for all types of water based fun. Millions of California residents safely enjoy boating on rivers, lakes, and on the ocean each summer. With nearly a million registered boats in the state, and no license required to operate a watercraft, the chance for danger while boating is high. … Continue reading BUI: Boating and Drinking in California

Breaking Down the Cost of a DUI in California

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is not a good idea. Most importantly, your chances of hurting or killing yourself or others are exponentially higher when you get behind the wheel after drinking. Aside from the chances of bodily injury or harming innocent people, taking the risk of getting behind the wheel after drinking can … Continue reading Breaking Down the Cost of a DUI in California

Drunk Driving and Your Rights Regarding Chemical Testing

If you plan on drunk driving in the state of California, plan on having to take a breathalyzer test. That is to say, you do not have the right to refuse chemical testing if you are pulled over for alleged drunk driving in California. This is a right that you surrender with the acceptance of … Continue reading Drunk Driving and Your Rights Regarding Chemical Testing

First DUI? Here Is What to Expect in California

California police arrested 1,226 people for driving under the influence on Labor Day weekend this year. This is a sharp increase from the previous year, during which there were 1,168 DUI arrests on the holiday weekend. If you were one of these drivers, then you probably have a long list of questions about DUI and … Continue reading First DUI? Here Is What to Expect in California

California Pushing for Test to Help Officers Detect Drugged Driving

Between the legalization of medicinal marijuana and the push for recreational legalization, police officers and state officials are looking for a way to better detect who might be driving while under the influence. Their hope is a handheld electronic device that would automatically detect the presence of various drugs, including marijuana, on a saliva swab. … Continue reading California Pushing for Test to Help Officers Detect Drugged Driving

Fighting a License Suspension in California

After you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), the arresting officer may confiscate your driver’s license. The license will remain confiscated—out of your possession—throughout the entire revocation or suspension period. The period of revocation or suspension is determined by the DMV, upon conducting an administrative review. … Continue reading Fighting a License Suspension in California

Reinstating Your License After a DUI

If you have been charged with or arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California, you are likely aware of the long road ahead to have all of your driving privileges reinstated so that you can move forward with your everyday life and routines. Fortunately, with the help of a qualified lawyer, you can … Continue reading Reinstating Your License After a DUI

Proposed Senate Bill Would Require Interlock Device for All California DUI Drivers

A new bill, recently passed by the California State Senate, seeks to increase the penalties for all drivers convicted of a DUI by enforcing the installment of an interlock device. Currently being piloted in four counties – Alameda, Tulare, Los Angeles, and Sacramento – the measure is now being sent to the Assembly for consideration. If … Continue reading Proposed Senate Bill Would Require Interlock Device for All California DUI Drivers

How a DUI Arrest or Conviction Can Impede Your Future

Over the past few years, California has upped the ante with new legislation for those choosing to drive while under the influence or DUI. In 2010, California legislated changes to the existing DUI laws which included the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) to deter repeat offenders from driving if their alcohol content is … Continue reading How a DUI Arrest or Conviction Can Impede Your Future

Sobering Programs to Combat the War on Drunk Driving

San Jose, the third largest city measured by population in California offers history, entertainment, and breathtaking landscapes. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose has it all, including a very high rate of traffic-related fatalities. Unfortunately, this Southern California town also boasts a high number of driving under the influence (DUI) violations as … Continue reading Sobering Programs to Combat the War on Drunk Driving

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

The blitz of public service ads (PSA) developed by the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasizing that buzzed driving is drunk driving flooded the airwaves throughout this past holiday season. Statistically, the need for increasing the awareness of this epidemic is strengthened as every day 28 people in the United … Continue reading Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

A DUI and Your College Career

It is no secret what teens do when they go off to college: they study and socialize. Socialization frequently leads to alcohol consumption, often perceived as a necessary part of the integration period. Many college students are over the age of 21, which is the legal drinking age. However, there are many more within the … Continue reading A DUI and Your College Career

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