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What Happens if you Get a DUI With a Child in the Car?

Posted in Drunk Driving,DUI on February 19, 2022

Facing drunk driving charges can be challenging. But if you have been accused of driving under the influence with a child in the car, the charges against you are far more severe than you might have thought. In 2022 there were 6,385 motor vehicle crashes nationwide that involved driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs…

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Can You Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In California?

Posted in DUI on December 28, 2020

If a police officer pulls somebody over because they suspect alcohol impairment, there are likely various steps that the law enforcement official will ask the alleged drunk driver to go through. In general, this will include being asked to step out of the vehicle and participate in various field sobriety tests. This could also include…

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Can You Still Be Arrested With BAC Below .08?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on January 27, 2020

Most people understand that there are fairly stringent laws concerning alcohol, particularly when it comes to driving. Nobody is allowed to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08% or above. At this level, a person is considered to be intoxicated, though the amount of drinks it takes for a person to reach…

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9 Other Ways You Can Get A DUI In California

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on December 20, 2019

When most people hear about DUI charges, they think about someone driving a traditional passenger vehicle. This includes cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles. In California, the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08%. Get caught driving at or above that limit, and you can face serious legal consequences. Aside from the legal ramifications…

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DUI for Prescription Drug Defense

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on November 22, 2019

When most people think of impaired driving, they think of alcohol impairment. However, being impaired behind the wheel not only includes alcohol. It also includes illegal and prescription drugs. Yes, even drugs that are legally prescribed by a doctor and filled at a licensed pharmacy can impair you to the point where you cannot drive….

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Holidays With the Most DUI Arrests

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on November 14, 2019

Holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Many people enjoy having alcoholic beverages around holidays, and when they do, they need to find someone else to drive. Unfortunately, the holidays are typically marred by an increase in DUI arrests. With the winter holidays right around the corner, we wanted…

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Marijuana DUI’s in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on October 14, 2019

When people hear about a DUI charge, they usually think of someone driving while intoxicated by alcohol. Many people do not realize that it is a crime to drive while under the influence of marijuana in the state of California, even though medical marijuana and limited recreation use has been legalized. There are many questions…

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How Many Points is a DUI in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on October 8, 2019

California uses a point system to track driving violations against drivers across the state. Understanding how this point system works and how a DUI affects it is important. How Does the Point System Work? In order to track the riskiest drivers and get them off the roadways, California set up a point system in which…

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What happens to my car after being arrested for DUI in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S,Drunk Driving,DUI on October 7, 2019

Getting pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence is difficult and may require you to go to court. This process is tough enough, especially when you have to worry about getting your car back as well. Even though a vehicle will almost always be towed away after a DUI arrest, you can almost…

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California Ignition Interlock Device Laws

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on August 14, 2019

When a person has been found guilty of driving under the influence in California, there are times when they may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. These devices can be ordered under the following circumstances: A first offense DUI, particularly if the defendant’s blood alcohol level (BAC) is .15%…

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