The state of California takes DUI offences seriously. In 2007, approximately 200,000 DUI arrests were made in California where a blood alcohol content of at least 0.01% is already sufficient for a young driver to get into legal trouble. Certain factors such as your metabolism can affect the outcome of a chemical test. It is, therefore, imperative to seek experienced legal representation when charged with DUI.
Drivers who are convicted for DUI may face stiff penalties, including:
- Suspension of their driver’s license
- Steep fines
- Imprisonment or community service
- DUI school
- Installation of ignition interlock device
- If you’re under 21 years old, your car may also be impounded.
Stringent DUI laws in California
DUI convictions in California can remain in your driving record for 10 years. Second and subsequent offenses within the 10 year period can lead to longer jail time and higher fines.
California has a Three Strikes Law which imposes certain sentences to drivers who commit multiple DUI offenses which cause serious injuries and death. The Three Strikes Law imposes a longer period of license revocation or permanent revocation, higher fines, and court costs as well as civil law suits.
If you are facing a DUI charge whether for the first or second time, your DUI California attorney can help create the appropriate defense strategy in order to avoid the application of the Three Strikes Law and other relevant penalties.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
The IID is a device connected to a car’s ignition and is designed to prevent a vehicle from starting when it detects alcohol in the driver’s breath samples. The court may order the installation of the IID when:
- You registered a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or higher.
- You have a record of moving violations before your DUI
- You decline a chemical test
- You are convicted in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Alameda and Tulare Counties.
California DUI laws also cover the use of other substances while driving. These include prescriptive medicines, over-the-counter medicines, illegal drugs, and excessive amounts of drugs containing alcohol such as cough meds.
In California, DUI attorney David Kestenbaum has more than 7 years of experience as a criminal prosecutor and more than 30 years of experience in defending clients accused with various offenses including DUI.