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Is a DUI a Felony in California?

It’s illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in California. While most first-time DUI offenses will be charged as misdemeanors, it is possible for DUI to be a felony. Getting a felony DUI can be devastating. The consequences of a conviction can stay with you for life. It’s important to understand […] Read more

Avoid a DUI This Fourth of July Weekend

In California, drunk driving arrests tend to spike in the summer, particularly on and around certain holidays. The Fourth of July is no exception. In 2016, more than 1,110 drivers across the state were arrested on suspicion of DUI on the Fourth of July. That same night, at least 35 fatalities were tied to drunk […] Read more

Can You Get a DUI If Your BAC is Below the Legal Limit?

Do you have to have a certain amount of alcohol in your body to be convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no. There are actually two ways you can get a DUI. The first is when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds the legal limit. […] Read more

What is the Legal BAC in California?

In California, it’s against the law to drive if you’re under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects everyone differently, so how can police determine if you’re intoxicated in violation of the law? The state has drawn an arbitrary line which holds all drivers to the same standard. This standard relies on what is known as […] Read more

Driving After A California DUI Arrest Or Conviction

California is an implied consent state, meaning that by signing their licenses, all drivers consented to provide chemical specimens upon the lawful demand of a law enforcement officer. At the same time, no law enforcement officer has the right to force a person to provide a sample, unless the officer has a search warrant for […] Read more

First Time DUI Offenders in Los Angeles


Virtually everyone has done it at some point. You have briefly rationalized that you have “only” had two beers or that it is late at night and there are “never” police officers on your drive home anyway. It is a terrible mistake and error in judgment, but it happens to thousands of Californians each year. […] Read more

The Supreme Court Draws a Line on Sobriety Tests

Every June brings the most substantial Supreme Court decisions of the year, as the Court clears their docket of cases from the preceding term. The Court had a more eventful term than usual, with the sudden passing of Antonin Scalia in February, and the resulting 4-4 deadlock opinions. Still, the Court was able to render […] Read more

California Driving Under the Influence


Like most states, California DUI laws are complex.  If you are charged with DUI, you are charged with a misdemeanor under one of two statutes. Either you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or charged with driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08% or above. In a DUI case the […] Read more

California’s strict DUI laws may be extended to boaters

A California assemblymember has introduced a new bill this week that would expand DUI tests to those driving boats. California already has some of the strictest drunk driving and DUI laws in the country. This proposed legislation, AB 539, would toughen boating laws as well and is aimed at improving safety off of California’s shores. Alcohol use […] Read more

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