DUI Accidents and Injuries
In California, a driver that is charged with a DUI that results in an injury to someone else faces more serious penalties than a person charged with a DUI. These penalties are based on the fact that the individual’s decision to drive impaired caused injury to someone else.
What Happens When You Receive a DUI Under the Age of 21?
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with significant consequences. A DUI charge can result in a person having their license suspended for an extended period, paying hefty fines, or even spending some time in jail. Receiving a DUI under the age of 21 in California can lead to severe penalties because of the state’s zero tolerance laws for people under the legal drinking age.
Ethan Couch, also known as the “Affluenza” teen, made national headlines in 2013 due to his involvement in a car accident that resulted in the death of four people. Couch, who was 16 at the time of the accident, became known as the “Affluenza” teen after his lawyers successfully argued that he suffered from affluenza—a supposed psychological illness that affects rich youth, rendering them spoiled and incapable of comprehending the consequences of their actions.
DUI arrests are dropping in Orange County
In Orange County, 2015 saw less DUI arrests, but slightly more crashes for the entirety of the year. The drop in Orange County DUI arrests is likely correlated to police running less DUI patrols and checkpoints, as well as the development/popularity of ride sharing smartphone applications.
California and DUIs
If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI your charges will result in either a misdemeanor DUI charge or a felony DUI charge. Every year, countless California drivers are arrested for DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, a DUI arrest is an extremely serious charge levying a number severe criminal penalties on California citizens if they find themselves convicted of the offense. In fact, California DUI penalties are some of the most serious in the entire country. Continue reading
Arrested for DUID?
Being charged with driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) can have serious and life-altering consequences. In the state of California it is a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. California law defines “drugs” as substances other than alcohol that have the ability to affect your nervous system, muscles, or brain. You could be charged for DUI drugs when you drive “under the influence” of a substance that impairs your ability to drive like a sober individual in a similar situation.
Can I get a DUI for driving on prescription medicine?
Yes. Driving under the influence of any drug is a crime and you can be prosecuted, regardless of whether the drugs are illicit (cocaine), prescription (codeine), or over the counter drugs such as Nyquil or Tylenol PM. Continue reading
California DUI Chemical Tests
In the state of California, with cases involving driving under the influence(DUI), law enforcement officers administer what is known as implied consent. Implied consent, defined by the California Vehicle Code, means that any person who drives a motorized vehicle automatically gives their consent to chemical testing of their blood and/or breath IF arrested for DUI.
Newport Beach Courthouse Cites 4
On Aug. 3, Orange County Sheriff deputies cited 4 people for attempting to drive, without licenses, after their DUI hearings. Deputies staked out the Newport Beach courthouse looking for people who were going to drive after being explicitly told not to and after their licenses were suspended. The deputies followed 15 suspects from their hearings to the parking lot, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
NFL Linebacker Aldon Smith Arrested for 3rd DUI
The San Francisco 49ers had their star linebacker Aldon Smith arrested Thursday night (8/6) on hit and run, vandalism, and driving under the influence charges, as reported by police in Santa Clara, California. Aldon Smith was booked into the Santa Clara County jail, with a $26,000 bond, before he was released last Friday. This latest DUI arrest is the third for Smith since he entered the NFL in 2011. Smith was arrested for DUI in January of 2012, but the charge was later reduced to reckless driving. Continue reading
A drunk driving offense is not a slap on the wrist, it is a criminal charge in California. Because of this, it is possible that your DUI arrest could lead to jail time.
If you have been arrested for DUI recently, it is important you understand what can lead to your incarceration. Each case differs considerably, and extenuating circumstances as well as different judges can impact your final judgement.