California and the 10-Year Look Back Period

As in every other state in the country, California increases the penalties that a DUI offender faces if he or she has prior DUI convictions. This is all part of the state’s interest in cracking down on and reducing the number of drunk driving incidents that happen in the state each and every year. If you’re facing a current DUI charge that follows subsequent convictions, then you will necessarily want to understand how California takes those previous convictions into account when prosecuting your case. The 10-Year Look Back Period California does not consider all previous DUI[...]

What You Need to Do Following a DUI Arrest

Being arrested for a DUI is one of the most stressful situations that a person can endure. Given the level of stress involved, many California drivers will sometimes do things that are not in their best interests. Therefore, we thought it would be useful to share some tips about what you should do following a DUI arrest. If you follow these tips, you have the best chance of achieving the best possible outcome in your DUI case. What to Do at the Station When the officers tell you that anything you say or do can be used against you, they mean it. So, make sure that you keep control of your[...]

What Happens After an Arrest for DUI in California?

A DUI arrest is a stressful experience no matter how it happens. Whether you were pulled over on suspicion of DUI, the officer pulled you over because of a problem with your vehicle and then realized you were intoxicated, or you were involved in an accident or stopped at a checkpoint, the result is the same. The officer places you under arrest. What happens next? The Testing Procedure The first thing that will happen is you’ll be transported to either the jail or to a hospital where you’ll be required to undergo testing to determine if you were actually driving under the infl[...]

Third DUI Offense – What Drivers Need to Know

If you have been convicted of DUI in the past, you might think that you know what’s in store for you with your third charge. Actually, you need to prepare yourself. A third DUI in the state of California carries stiffer penalties than a first or second offense. There are also other factors that can play a role. As always, the best defense is to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve had a drink. However, if you are arrested and charged with a third DUI, you’ll need to know the following.Losing Your LicenseAll DUIs come with some duration of license suspension. A third DUI carries an au[...]

San Diego DUI Penalties

Whether it’s your first offense or your third, the penalties for DUI in California are steep, and they’re only going to become harsher as time goes on. Understanding the penalties for DUI is important for all California residents. First Offense If it’s your first DUI, you might expect the penalties to be lighter, and they are (in comparison to penalties for a second or third offense). However, even penalties for a first-time offender in San Diego are quite stiff. For instance, you will be fined around $2,200 in penalties and fees, with possible public work service for a[...]