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What should you know about your BAC level?

When you're pulled over in California under suspicion of drinking and driving, you'll likely be administered a breath analysis test. These tests are designed to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) level to determine if you have actually been drinking. However, there are a few things you should know about BAC levels and breath analysis tests.

Taking steps to avoid being arrested for drunk driving

It is nearly summer, and this is the perfect time of year to unwind and enjoy a few refreshing drinks on a hot California afternoon. As you understand, you may risk the chance of getting a DUI when you drink at a bar, restaurant or other place away from home. At the law offices of Leupp & Woodall, we can answer your concerns about the penalties you might face with drunk driving charges.

Buzzed driving is focus of NHTSA campaign

When you go out with your friends for a night of drinking, you are probably careful to avoid drinking too much, so you do not get a DUI charge. Or, if you know you have had too much to drink, you might rely on a sober friend, taxi or Uber to take you home. What about so-called “buzzed driving,” when you are under California’s legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 percent? At the law offices of Leupp & Woodall, this is a question we are familiar with.

What are the consequences of a DUI conviction?

If you are a California driver charged with DUI, you should be aware of the serious penalties you face if you are convicted. As the California Department of Motor Vehicles explains, you are deemed by law to have consented to breath, blood and urine tests to determine your blood alcohol content. The law enforcement officer who pulls you over can require you to take a preliminary alcohol screening and/or a breath test. You have no right to request legal counsel before either test. Should your BAC be 0.08 percent or higher, he or she can arrest you, suspend your driver’s license and issue you a temporary 30-day license.

I refused to take the chemical test. What happens now?

When pulling someone over for suspected drunk driving in California, law enforcement will likely ask that driver to submit to a chemical test of his or her blood. This will typically determine the level of impairment, which would then determine if the driver will be under arrest. A driver technically has the right to refuse to comply with this test.

How do ignition interlock devices work?

As a resident in California who has been convicted of a DUI, it's possible that you may have to deal with an ignition interlock device. Many people including yourself may know the basics of these devices, or at least what their main purpose is, but what are the finer details? Just how do they work?

How can California prevent drunk driving?

Although few would say that California goes easy on drunk drivers, some groups are pushing for even stricter punishments. As LA Weekly reports, California ranked in the top ten for severe consequences for drunk drivers when it comes to raising insurance premiums, license suspension and jail time after a conviction. But with new reports saying that a third of all traffic deaths are due to drunk driving, the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is fighting for even harsher penalties.

Loss of driving privileges after a DUI arrest

If you have been arrested for suspected drunk driving in California, you will want to understand the various penalties and processes that you must navigate. This can be very confusing because there are two primary entities involved in these. First, the courts will be responsible for any criminal accusations and consequences. Secondly, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has responsibility for administrative penalties related to your driving privileges.