If you are not driving while an officer approached your vehicle, you may be wondering whether or not this may constitute as a DUI. Under Mercer v. Department of Motor Vehicles, you can be convicted of DUI if you are sitting in a parked car, if and only if it can be proven that you were, at one point, driving while intoxicated. If a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving, you will be asked to partake in a number of sobriety tests such as a breath or blood test.
A DUI charge is not a matter to be taken lightly. If a police officer suspects that your intoxication level exceeds the legal limit, you could be arrested and have your license suspended. However, there is a way to combat this. An outstanding legal team working behind you can help bring the DUI charges down to a wet reckless, protecting you from more severe penalties that can follow a DUI.
Matthew Cordle, a 22-year-old kid embarking on adulthood, awoke confused in a hospital bed by police who informed him that he had just killed a man. It was sobering, in more ways than one. And just like that, life as he knew it was over. He yelled "I didn't kill anyone, I didn't do it" and he refused to give a blood sample.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a person of legal driving age who hasn't heard about the infamousfield sobriety tests that are used by law enforcement officers to test for signs of impaired driving. Recognized by drivers as something to avoid at all costs, these field sobriety tests have certainly earned themselves a bad reputation among the general driving population. And considering the fact that law enforcement officers have been known to make arrests based on an individual's performance during one of these field sobriety tests, it's not hard to see why.
This bill is an expansion of the current pilot program requiring the installation of Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) for DUI offenders in Los Angeles, Alameda, Tulare and Sacramento counties. State Senator Jerry Hill sponsored the bill to help reduce the amount of drunk driving accidents and associated fatalities that occur every year. California will join twenty-eight other states who already require the installation of IIDs for DUI offenders.
Our knowledgeable Orange County DUI defense team is highly knowledgeable regarding California's DUI laws. Obtaining reliable counsel is the first step in creating a defense strategy that can undermine the evidence in your case.
Labor Day weekend is a great time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the end of summer. Whether you chose to spend your holiday weekend lounging on the sand in Huntington Beach, adventuring in Anaheim, dining in Newport Beach, or anywhere else in the OC, you may have enjoyed a few drinks. Due to the increase in patrol officers over the three-day weekend, there were numerous DUI arrests throughout Orange County.
While most people realize that a conviction for a DUI in California can result in fines, potential jail time and other penalties, many do not know that it can also affect their professional license. For nurses, doctors, real estate agents, insurance brokers, and the like, there are certain consequences involved.
Ignition Interlock device (IID) are installed as a penalty for a DUI charge and intended to test the blood alcohol content of the driver before they take to the road. It requires you to "blow" into the IID before allowing you to start your engine and drive. In California, these devices are installed in cars after a second or subsequent DUI conviction.
A former Orange County clerk had been illegally resolving roughly 1,000 DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases, according to court officials. The clerk, who no longer works with the court, perpetrated a scheme whereby mainly Latino defendants were illegally and fraudulently given heavily reduced penalties or punishments which were never realized.