DUI (Driving Under the Influence) as established by California law means driving a vehicle while having a blood alcohol content [BAC] of 0.08% or higher if you are driving a private passenger car and a BAC of 0.04% or higher if driving a commercial vehicle or truck. For drivers aged 16 to 21, there is a more stringent BAC cutoff of 0.01% or higher to meet DUI criteria - this is known as zero tolerance.
The consequences of a DUI range from jail time, community service, fines, alcohol classes, revocation to suspension of license and countless effects on your normal functioning life. For DUI arrests in CA, the conviction rate was between 75 to 85 percent, and 100% of those accused of a DUI who did not hire a lawyer to fight the charges got convicted.
Penalties of a DUI vary depending on the number of offenses. If you are a repeat offender, you definitely need to hire an attorney because jail time is in order, as well as steep fines. Keep in mind that there is still hope, even if you are a repeat offender. With so many steps involved in a DUI stop and arrest, there are many opportunities for procedure to go wrong.
A trained DUI Attorney knows exactly where to look for errors in reports, field sobriety tests and blood alcohol tests. Fill out a free consultation form and provide as much information as your case as possible, Sturm Law will contact you with advice and information on how to begin your criminal defense.