An accusation of drunk driving can change your life in an instant. If you are convicted of DUI in California, you could face heavy fines, driver’s license suspension, or even jail time. What is even more frustrating is that the events of just one night—just one simple mistake—can lead to lasting consequences for you and those you love. To put it simply: when it comes to DUI, the deck is stacked against you.
When you’re facing an uphill climb, it’s tempting to accept your fate. Don’t do it. Since 2000, our attorneys at Brownstein Law Group, P.C., have taken a different approach to criminal justice by providing residents of the Bay Area and the rest of California with honest counsel and aggressive advocacy. You need to level the playing field after a DUI accusation, and we’re ready to help. Set up a free consultation at our office, centrally located in San Rafael, to begin the process of defending your rights and protecting your future.
How Can You Receive a California DUI?
DUI is taken seriously in our state. Police officers in San Rafael, San Francisco, and throughout California are trained to look for indicators of your impaired driving ability. Some examples they may look for include:
- Swerving your vehicle to correct its course
- Driving in the middle of two lanes (or drifting from side to side on the road)
- Nearly hitting something or someone
- Erratically hitting your brakes
- Making a rolling stop during a right turn, either at a red traffic light or a stop sign
- Driving too cautiously or slowly
- Turning too widely or narrowly
Once you’ve been accused of a DUI, you’re typically charged with, at the very least, two separate counts according to the California Vehicle Code.
First, it is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. Second, it is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. In the case of a commercial driver, the blood-alcohol level at which a charge can be expected is substantially lower.