Driving Under the Influence - DUI

You’re out with some friends and have a few drinks. You get in the car and drive home, you thought you were fine to drive. You’re not someone who drinks and drives. You got pulled over and your blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.

California takes DUIs very seriously, and the impact on your life is serious. Don’t face this process alone, let us help you through it.

Summary of California DUI

The maximum Blood Alcohol Concentration allowed for California motorists is 0.08%. When you are pulled over, the officer will likely administer a breathalyzer test. If the test of the test is higher than the legal limit, the officer will perform field sobriety tests to help determine if you are impaired. You may also be taken to the police station and given a blood test as well.

If the officer comes to the conclusion that you are impaired, you will likely be charged with two separate crimes:

  • 23152(a) – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs; and
  • 23152(b) – Driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08% or higher.
  • What’s the difference between these two crimes? The first requires that you are “under the influence” of alcohol. “Under the influence” means that your physical or mental abilities are impaired to the extent that you can no longer drive as well as a cautious sober person. You can be convicted of this offense even if your Blood Alcohol Concentration is less that 0.08%! The second charge simply requires that your Blood Alcohol Concentration is above 0.08% at the time of driving. Even if you are driving perfectly, you can still be convicted of a DUI.

    Depending on your criminal history, the penalties for DUI can range from community service to several years in prison. Where a defendant causes death or injury, additional time in custody can be imposed.

    There are numerous defenses to DUI charges. To explore each of them you need the advice and counsel of an experienced DUI attorney. Our practitioners have decades of criminal law experience and have handled hundreds of DUI cases. Contact Oriole Law Group today for a consultation and let us help you get your life back.