California’s DUI Laws and Vehicular Manslaughter

The primary reason that California continues to strengthen its DUI laws is due to the deaths that are associated with drunk driving incidents. These events are as tragic as they come, and it’s easy to understand why the state has such a vested interest in limiting them. The punishments involved with such cases are quite severe, and they merit attention. Let’s take a look. Understanding Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated California makes a distinction between two levels of vehicular manslaughter. This distinction is based upon the level of negligence that is shown by the[...]

Results of a Second DUI Conviction in California

Like every other state in the nation, California takes the crime of driving under the influence extremely seriously. This has come to be reflected in the harshness of California’s DUI laws, which essentially throw the book at anyone who picks up a second conviction.The Evidence That Will Be Gathered Against YouIn order to establish that someone has been driving under the influence, California law enforcement officers will rely upon a number of things. The first piece of evidence gathered will be the officer’s initial impression of a driver’s state, including the way that driver was drivi[...]

Prescription Drugs and California’s DUI Laws: What You Should Know

When it comes to DUIs, most people think of alcohol. Many do not realize, however, that prescription drugs can lead and have led to DUI arrests in the state. There is actually a separate term that covers these cases, which is DUID, a term that stands for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. This term applies to cases where a driver is judged to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, illicit drugs, or prescription medication. Unlike a traditional DUI case, the science surrounding DUID cases is somewhat soft, especially when it comes to prescription drugs. As yo[...]

Remember that California Is an Implied Consent State

If you’re new to California, then it will be helpful to know that the state is an implied consent state. What this means is that you are required to submit to a chemical test if you are suspected of driving under the influence. When you signed up for your California driver’s license – which you’re required to have if you’ve been living in the state for a period – you agreed to submit to such testing. The reason that you need to understand this is simple. If you are pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence, and you refuse to submit to a chem[...]

Underage DUI Charges in California: What You Need to Know

California’s DUI laws are some of the strictest in the country, and this is especially the case with DUI laws that pertain to underage drivers. Any underage driver that’s caught driving under the influence can expect to incur severe penalties. In order for California’s underage drivers to understand how serious a DUI charge could be for them, I thought I’d take the time to review some of these laws. California is a Zero Tolerance State Like many other states in the country, California has exactly zero tolerance when it comes to underage drivers driving under the i[...]