DUI

Don’t Ring in the New Year with a DUI

By Joseph Low on December 30, 2016 - Comments off

drunk-truck-driverFind out what California law says about DUIs, so you don’t ring in the New Year with one. More importantly, learn what to do if you’re charged.

The holiday season is a time of celebrating with friends and ringing in the New Year, often with libations and refreshments. While it may seem innocent enough at the time, it can be too easy after a good holiday party to get behind the wheel of your car – even if you’ve had one too many to drink.

Fines and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) have become much harsher in California than they were in the past. And judges have been known to bring down strict penalties for even first-time offenders. For these reasons, and for the safety of yourself and others on the road, it’s important to understand what California law says about drinking and driving.
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Injuries Commonly Suffered in Long Beach Drunk Driving Accidents

By Joseph Low on June 21, 2016 - Comments off

Long Beach drunk driving accidentWhile nearly 30 million American have admitted to driving intoxicated, and drunk driving accidents kill 27 people per day, it’s an undeniable fact that drunk driving is a serious problem in the United States. With roughly 1 million DUI arrests per year, law enforcement does its best to protect the public from drunk drivers. With as many as 1 thousand DUI arrests per day, the city of Long Beach is no exception. Read the rest »

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California Police Issue Over 1,400 DUI Arrests during Memorial Day Weekend

By Joseph Low on June 1, 2015 - Comments off

Southern California DUI The Memorial Day weekend isn’t just the “official” start of summer in southern California.  It’s also the official start of a season in which law enforcement officers take to the streets in increased numbers in order to target drivers who appear to be violating California’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws.  This year, California law enforcement officers arrested 1,449 drivers on suspicion of drunk driving over the Memorial Day weekend.

 

A DUI charge carries harsher penalties for a member of the U.S. armed forces than it does for a civilian.  If you were arrested on suspicion of drunk or drugged driving, working with an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential.  Here’s why: Read the rest »

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Faulty Blood Alcohol Tests May Clear the Names of DUI Defendants

By Joseph Low on November 14, 2013 - Comments off

Orange County DUI DefenseThe Orange County Crime Lab recently admitted that due to faulty blood alcohol tests, hundreds of DUI cases will have to be re-evaluated. Between April and October of this year, the lab reportedly issued inaccurate blood test results that may have led to at least 20 drivers testing above the legal limit of .08 percent.

According to the lab director of the OC Crime Lab, one of the two machines used to analyze blood samples did not save one data point in its software during calibration, which caused a .003 percentage point error in the machine’s readouts. That means that a blood alcohol level of .078 was falsely increased to a .081.

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What to Expect During a California DMV Hearing

By Joseph Low on August 28, 2013 - Comments off

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, you may have received a notice of suspension from the police or will receive one in the mail from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This notice means that the DMV will consider your driving privileges suspended after 30 days. That is, unless you schedule a DMV hearing.

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It is important to note that you will only have within 10 days of receiving the notice of suspension to request a DMV hearing, so contact an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as you can to help guide you through the process, or you will forfeit your right to a hearing.

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Avoid a DUI Arrest this Independence Day in Southern California

By Joseph Low on July 4, 2013 - Comments off

Huntington Beach DUI ArrestEvery year, thousands of southern California residents spend the Fourth of July holiday partying, especially in California’s beach cities, such as Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Long Beach. In anticipation of the upcoming four-day holiday weekend, police will be increasing driving under the influence (DUI) patrols and sobriety checkpoints to reduce the number of accidents and casualties that occur when drivers get behind the wheel after drinking.

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Plea Deal Reached in Los Angeles Strip-Club Crash Case

By Joseph Low on June 20, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by ABC 7, a 40-year-old Paramount resident recently pled no contest to charges concerning a March 10 incident that involved him allegedly striking and trapping two men between two vehicles in a strip club parking lot on Olympic Boulevard near Alameda Street. The man had allegedly driven into the two men with his white BMW as they were walking towards their Mini-Cooper.

According to reports, a fight between the two parties had taken place inside the club before spilling out into the streets. Both victims suffered grievous injuries to their lower bodies and had to undergo amputation procedures. One victim lost one of his legs while the other lost both. Read the rest »

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Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested After Fatal Collision with Motorcyclists

By Joseph Low on June 13, 2013 - Comments off

Huntington Beach DUI DefenseA 68-year-old man was recently arrested for a suspected drunk driving incident in Huntington Beach that resulted in fatal injuries. According to Huntington Beach Independent, the crash occurred at 8:35 pm when the suspect’s vehicle collided with a motorcycle.

The suspect was traveling north on Goldenwest Street when his vehicle collided with a motorcycle traveling south on the same road. The 24-year-old male driver of the motorcycle broke both legs and his 25-year-old female passenger sustained fatal injuries. She was treated at UC Irvine Medical Center before she died. Read the rest »

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Long Beach DUI Checkpoint Leads to Multiple Arrests, Citations

By Joseph Low on June 4, 2013 - Comments off

A recent DUI (driving under the influence) checkpoint coordinated by Long Beach Police resulted in five people being arrested for drunk driving. As reported by The Long Beach Press-Telegram, the checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and 45th Street.

In addition to the five people who were arrested for DUI, an additional six drivers were cited for being unlicensed and another six were cited for driving on a suspended license. In total, six vehicles were impounded by the police. Read the rest »

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What Is an Ignition Interlock Device and How Can it Affect You?

By Joseph Low on April 17, 2013 - Comments off

California Drunk Driving PenaltiesUnder California law, it is possible that a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can be mandated to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in his or her vehicle. Even a first time DUI conviction can result in a mandatory IID, however, defendants found with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.15 percent are more likely to face this penalty.

How Does It Work?

A small electronic device installed on the dash of the car will require drivers to provide a breath sample. After blowing into the device, the driver’s blood alcohol content will be read. If he or she has a BAC greater than the allowed level, often around 0.03 percent, the car will not be able to start. Additionally, a breath test may be needed once again while driving. These records will be regularly submitted to the court in order to see if the driver is obeying the court mandated regulations. Read the rest »

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