Driving Under the Influence in California
DUI is a serious crime, and should never be taken lightly due to the potential for life altering consequences. If a driver operates a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol, medication(s), and/or drugs, that person may be considered to be driving under the influence.
When a San Diego Police Officer, California Highway Patrol Officer or other law enforcement officer suspects a person is driving under the influence, they use certain investigative techniques to determine if the person may be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence before making an arrest.
Field sobriety tests are voluntary. However, law enforcement officers have been trained not to tell the motorist that they have a right to refuse to perform them. If a person agrees to perform field sobriety tests, he or she will be evaluated by law enforcement on their ability to follow instructions, reaction and performance during the testing process.
There are two types of field sobriety test, termed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
DUI Chemical Test
Law enforcement officers may ask the driver to take a chemical test to determine a driver’s blood alcohol level. Blood Alcohol Concentration tests are mandatory and are intended to measure the amount of alcohol in the driver’s blood. In San Diego, if a driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, they are presumed to be under the influence.
DUI Conviction Consequences
If convicted, the record of conviction could be viewed negatively by present and future employers and can also impact a person’s educational opportunities.
A person who is convicted of Drunk Driving is also subject to harsh legal consequences, such as jail time, fines, license suspension, DUI School, and probation. Sentences can be enhanced further if the driver refused to take the BAC test, had a BAC result of 0.15% or higher, had a minor under age 14 in the vehicle, or had prior DUI convictions.
DUI Attorney San Diego
If you have been arrested for DUI in San Diego, hiring a qualified attorney is the best decision you can make for a variety of reasons. An experienced DUI lawyer will protect your rights, inform you of your legal options at all stages of the case, investigate the circumstances of your arrest, and may question law enforcement and other witnesses.
Most importantly, an experienced DUI attorney will provide the skill and necessary resources to successfully fight your charges with the goal of obtaining the best possible result. Specialized education, training, and experience is needed to effectively and economically defend any San Diego DUI.