Recent Posts in DUI

  • Jan 16, 2018

    Ignition Interlock Devices (IID): A Harsh Penalty for DUI Convictions

    People charged with driving under the influence ( DUI ) in California are often worried about license suspensions , jail time, and steep fines that can be used against them upon conviction. While these are certainly worrisome criminal penalties, many ...
  • Nov 13, 2017

    Is Refusing to Take a Blood Test After a DUI Illegal?

    A fairly standard procedure after arresting someone for driving under the influence ( DUI ) in California is taking them back to the police station and attempting to take their blood sample to conduct a blood test. The results of this blood test ...
  • Oct 27, 2017

    DUI & Employment Background Checks: What You Should Know

    When applying for a job, most companies require their potential employees submit to an employment background check in order to determine whether you have a criminal past. Unfortunately, if you have bene convicted of a DUI, you cannot escape this ...
  • Sep 14, 2017

    Your Rights in a DUI Arrest

    The U.S. Constitution regulates a number of different aspects of our society and grants American citizens a number of rights. Among these rights is the right to protection from “unreasonable search and seizure,” or a moderate guarantee of privacy ...
  • Sep 11, 2017

    Labor Day DUI

    How did you spend your Labor Day? This holiday signals the end of summer with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a long weekend, and for many people that means kicking back with friends and enjoying a few drinks. As with many other holidays, alcohol ...
  • Aug 28, 2017

    Am I Eligible For a DUI Expungement?

    If you have been charged with a DUI, you may experience the lasting impact these charges can have. While your DUI charges will be removed from your DMV record after 10 years, the charges will remain on your criminal record for life. These long ...
  • Aug 24, 2017

    Challenging DUI Charges

    In California, there can be many ways to challenge a DUI charge. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a qualified DUI attorney to begin your defense. Learn more about some of the common ways to challenge a DUI ...
  • Jul 13, 2017

    Can Prescription Drugs Lead to a DUI?

    When driving under the influence comes to mind, it is common that people will only think about drunk driving. Many don’t realize that drugs, including prescription medications, can have the same impairing effects as alcohol. Even legally prescribed ...
  • May 22, 2017

    Avoid a DUI Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Finalizing your plans for Memorial Day Weekend 2017? In California, this usually means a trip to the beach, a picnic under the sun, a day spent at a theme park, or a jaunt up or downstate to visit friends and family. For law enforcement departments ...
  • Apr 27, 2017

    Do I Need a Lawyer for a DMV Hearing?

    When you are arrested for DUI, you will have to go through two separate legal processes: your trial and your DMV hearing. Your trial may not occur for some time, but your DMV hearing will occur within 10 business days of your arrest, and this is the ...
  • Apr 20, 2017

    Are Field Sobriety Tests Accurate?

    When you are stopped by law enforcement under suspicion of driving under the influence, including at a sobriety checkpoint, officers will conduct at least one but possibly multiple field sobriety tests. The purpose of these tests is to determine ...
  • Mar 21, 2017

    Why You Should Fight a DUI Charge

    Many people who have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence feel compelled to simply plead guilty and get it over with. Since they have been caught and the police have the evidence to support it, they surely can’t win their case, ...
  • Mar 13, 2017

    The Five Most Dangerous Days of the Year for DUI

    There are a number of circumstances that can make a day more prone to DUI accidents, and thus make them more deadly than other days on the calendar. Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these DUI statistics, and step up their enforcement on ...
  • Feb 17, 2017

    Obtaining a Conditional License after a DUI Conviction

    After a DUI conviction, you are likely facing serious penalties and difficult logistical issues. Your license may have been suspended for months or years and you are likely left wondering how you are going to get to work or run errands or continue ...
  • Feb 10, 2017

    Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

    Just about everyone knows that law enforcement may subject you to several tests if you are pulled over for DUI . Though these tests may seem mandatory, the fact of the matter is that they may not be. Standard field sobriety tests include the ...
  • Dec 9, 2016

    Driving & Marijuana: What Are the Laws?

    On November 8th, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizing the recreational use of the drug. However, despite the recent reforms, it is critical for motorists to know that while adults can possess and ...
  • Oct 21, 2016

    California's Drugged Driving Laws

    Under California’s laws, it is strictly illegal for someone to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence or impaired by any sort of drug, medication, or narcotic. It is also illegal for someone who is known to be addicted to drugs to use a ...
  • Oct 7, 2016

    Why Breathalyzer Tests Aren't Always Reliable

    No matter what highway patrol officers tell you, roadside breathalyzer tests are not infallible. In fact, the small pocket breath alcohol testing devices are notorious for being inaccurate and unreliable. So if you have been put in cuffs or charged ...
  • Sep 8, 2016

    Arrested for DUI on Labor Day in Sonoma County?

    National holidays, such as Labor Day, can be a great opportunity to relax and share a few drinks with family and friends. However, the break from a stressful work routine can lead people to drive home after having too much to drink, putting them at ...
  • Aug 22, 2016

    DUI Checkpoints: Know Your Rights

    If you frequent the roads and highways of your town or state for work or leisure, you have undoubtedly come across a sobriety checkpoint at some time or another. Ever since the United States Supreme Court officially ruled that constitutionality of ...
  • Aug 8, 2016

    How Police Officers Identify Drunk Drivers

    Every single driver on the road is a potential suspect to a police officer. Officers need to be on the lookout, quite literally, at all times to spot someone who is breaking the law. Most often, this means looking for drivers who could be intoxicated ...
  • May 24, 2016

    One, Two, Three, Felony DUI

    California legislation considers driving under the influence (DUI) as an offense that does not stand alone on a person’s criminal record. Instead, it considers similar offenses within a lookback period before assigning charges and penalties. The ...
  • Apr 15, 2016

    When Can an Officer Pull You Over for a DUI?

    One of the fastest ways for the prosecution to lose a case is for them to be stripped of their evidence by it being rendered inadmissible. One of the surefire ways for a Santa Rosa DUI attorney to render evidence as inadmissible in a driving under ...
  • Mar 15, 2016

    What Happens If I Refuse a Chemical Test?

    Imagine the following situation: you’ve been pulled over for driving erratically. The officer suspects you of DUI and tells you to take a Breathalyzer test . While you’re sure you’re not drunk, you have had a drink that evening—you’re not sure if the ...
  • Aug 8, 2013

    Sonoma County DUI Checkpoint Result in 55 Arrests

    A Sonoma County DUI task force arrested 55 drivers Friday night in Santa Rosa, including 47 on suspicion of driving without a license. More than 1,000 vehicles were stopped by law enforcement officers from 13 law enforcement agencies including the ...
  • Mar 20, 2013

    NTSB Recommends Lower BAC Limit for DUI Drivers

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today recommended that all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia establish a per se blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.05 or lower for all drivers who are not already required ...

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