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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. 

Accuracy of field sobriety tests

If you are wondering about how officers determine a driver's intoxication level during a drunk driving arrest process in California, you are not alone. In fact, because enjoying a beer or glass of wine is so common at social gatherings, anyone who has even one beverage and then drives home should understand these things.

What may violate an ignition interlock device order?

If you have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in California, you no doubt have many questions. One of the things you will want to learn about is the set of penalties you may face if you are convicted. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, this may include the use of an ignition interlock device. The length of time you must use an IID may vary based upon any prior offenses and whether or not you have been convicted of a DUI under California Vehicle Code or of a vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated offense under the California Penal Code.