California DUI Offenses
Living in many California cities requires a great deal of driving. If you were pulled over and charged for a DUI, know that you are not alone. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help reduce your charges and generally minimize the negative consequences of this arrest. Here is an overview of DUI laws in California and how a lawyer can help if you are ever charged with a DUI.
In California, a driver is charged with a DUI if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% of greater at the time of the stop. A police officer can prove this through a combination of a field sobriety and chemical blood tests. Your specific BAC level may determine the consequences of your DUI arrest. A driver under age 21 with as much as 0.01% BAC may also be cited for a DUI.
1st, 2nd, or 3rd Offence
California law distinguishes between the number of times that you have been convicted of a DUI. The legal consequences increase in proportion to the frequency of your charges. In other words, a skilled criminal defense attorney will be less able to negotiation a favorable plea agreement for a third time offender than he or she will for someone who made the mistake to drive drunk for the first time.
When in Doubt: Plead Not Guilty
It may seem counterintuitive to plead not guilty at your first arraignment hearing, but doing so gives you the most leverage throughout the DUI defense process. If you do not have a defense attorney by your side during your first hearing, a not guilty plea also buys you time to hire a lawyer and begin negotiating with the city prosecutor to lessen your charges.
Know Your Rights
The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. Specifically, this means that the police must have a valid search warrant, an arrest warrant, or reason to believe that you are committing a crime when they pull you over. If you are ever arrested, you must be read your Miranda rights. These notify you that you have the right to remain silent and opt out of making any incriminating statements.
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