San Diego has some of the country's strictest DUI laws. A DUI conviction in the state of California can have a tremendous, long-term impact on a person's life. In fact, the effects can be so devastating and far-reaching that the heavy fines and impound fees tend to be minor in comparison.
Despite the fact that defendants can easily challenge DUI cases, far too many people simply face the consequences the courts dole out. While this is unfortunate, it is also to be expected. Most people are not familiar with arrest guidelines and court procedures and thus are not equipped to adequately defend themselves in court.
Your chances of successfully challenging the charges against you are greatly increased if you retain an experienced and proven DUI defense attorney. If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges in San Diego County, please contact the Law Offices of Anna R. Yum today for aggressive, specialized DUI defense. We can guide you through the entire process and work vigorously to maximize your legal interests.
Driving under the influence, or DUI, means driving or operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. It is usually a misdemeanor. This offense can also be defined as a DWI, or driving while intoxicated, or an OWI meaning operating while intoxicated. All three charges are punishable to differing degrees depending on the circumstances of the event.
There are two basic drunk driving laws in San Diego, which are found in the Vehicle Code section 23152, sections (a) and (b):
- 23152(a) It is a misdemeanor for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.
- 23152(b) It is a misdemeanor for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.
In the vast majority of cases, people arrested in San Diego for a DUI are charged with violating both section 23152(a) and section 23152(b). Even though there is only one act, the law states that a defendant charged with DUI can be convicted of both offenses, but can only be punished for one.
Top 10 Dui Do's and Don'ts
You get pulled over for suspicion of DUI. A million thoughts are racing through your mind as you see the red and blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror. You feel yourself start to panic. What do you do? Or perhaps a better question to ask yourself is what should you not do if pulled over for suspicion of DUI? Remember that knowledge is power. Know your rights. Know that there are certain factors that can hurt your case. Should you be pulled over by the police while under the influence you need be aware of the following Top 10 DUI Do's and the Top 10 DUI Don'ts.