The state of California ranks right in the middle on a list of all the states' drunk driving rates. A study of information maintained by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that California was 25th in the country when it came to the rate of drunk driving during the year 2018, indicating 322.7 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 residents.
People who choose to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking in California can face may serious consequences if they are caught. In some circumstances, they may be facing fines or a suspended license. In other more serious cases, if their behavior has injured or killed innocent people, they could be facing charges of automobile homicide or other convictions that result in time spent behind bars.
For you and many other Californians, meeting with your associates for happy hour at your favorite watering hole after work may be one of your favorite pastimes. However, if you have not had anything to eat since lunch, even having just one drink before driving home can be problematic. In fact, you may find yourself charged with a DUI despite not feeling intoxicated.
Californian residents like you will be facing a sticky situation if you end up with DUI-related charges. Because of the strictness of California laws, you may be facing down quite a hefty penalty if convicted, even on a first offense. Today, Kucera & Cohen, will discuss some of those potential penalties.
At the office of Kucera & Cohen, we understand that most people depend on their cars to get around in California. That can make it difficult when you could be affected by the license suspension program. We apply all possible defenses to help our clients recover from the potentially damaging consequences of these suspensions or revocations.
For many years now, California law enforcement officers have administered specific tests before they arrest a driver and charge them with suspected driving under the influence of alcohol. These tests, commonly called field sobriety tests, are standardized and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That, however, does not mean that they are completely accurate. In fact, each of the three tests has a defined inaccuracy rate.
Sometimes, people take to the road when they are extremely intoxicated, and some of these reckless drivers may not care about their blood alcohol content (BAC) level at all. Other drivers, however, may be more concerned about whether they are over the legal limit or not, not only to avoid some of the repercussions associated with drunk driving charges but in order to protect their safety while behind the wheel. However, people who take to the road while they are buzzed may also be charged with driving drunk, facing serious consequences as well.
At the law offices of Kucera & Cohen, we know that driving is more than a way of getting around for some people. Some of our clients depend on their driving privileges in California to make a living, support their families and safe for their futures.
California does indeed have what you might call a three-strike policy when it comes to DUIs: Minimum penalties increase with subsequent judgments. You could eventually go to jail for a significant period of time under certain circumstances of repeat offense.
As you might imagine, the California law on driving under the influence of alcohol make separate provisions for commercial and other drivers. However, if you were to operate a vehicle on a freelance basis for a rideshare program, you would not require special licenses. This could let you own and operate your vehicle normally, independently of commercial-vehicle laws and insurance policies.