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DUI stands for "driving under the influence" and typically refers to the influence of alcohol (although it can also refer to driving under the influence drugs). This means that a driver operates a vehicle after consuming alcohol (or drugs) beyond the legal limit or to the point if impairment.
A driver can be charged with a DUI if his or her blood alcohol level (determined usually by a breath, blood or urine test) is 0.08% or more. If the driver is under 21, there is a no-tolerance policy meaning that a DUI will be given if the BAC is 0.01% or more. Driving under the influence of alcohol (also known as drunk driving) is a criminal offense that can result in accidents, injuries, fatalities, and criminal penalties like jail time and license suspension.
If a driver is arrested for a DUI in California, it can result in either a misdemeanor or felony charge. Even a first time offense can receive jail time, high fines, and license suspension. Subsequent offenses will result in longer jail time, higher fines, longer license suspensions, in addition to a requirement to enroll in a DUI educational program and a requirement to install an Interlock Ignition Device on one's vehicle. A DUI charge can also result in probation, community service, higher insurance rates and can stay on a driver's record for at least 10 years.
You have the right to defend yourself if you have been charged with a DUI. An experienced criminal defense attorney can explain all of your rights and help you build a case against your DUI charge. An attorney will be by your side throughout your arraignment and hearing, helping you through the complex process. Having a lawyer's help can be your best chance at fighting your DUI charge, or at the least having your penalties drastically reduced. This can mean less fines, no jail time, and saving your license.
It is important to choose a defense lawyer who is dedicated to defending your DUI offense. Criminal defense lawyers know the consequences of drunk driving and can help you save your driver's license and even dismiss your DUI charge. Please call one of our criminal defense lawyers to get the help you need.
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