Orange County DUI Lawyer: Drunk Driving Defense
California Vehicle Code §§23152 (a) & (b) are the standard DUI charges when a person is arrested for a drunk driving offense that does not involve bodily injury. Depending on a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC), these offenses are usually charged as a misdemeanor, but can rise to the level of a felony if there are multiple/repeat offenses.
Driving Under the Influence – California Vehicle Code §23152(a)
This Vehicle Code section outlaws driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. There is no minimum BAC level that the Deputy District Attorney (DDA) needs to prove a driver surpassed to obtain a conviction for this charge. The DDA only needs to prove that a person drove while under the influence of drugs or alcohol that impaired his/her mental or physical ability to operate a motor vehicle. The DDA will attempt to prove this impairment by such factors as erratic or out-of-control driving, accidents or collisions, or poor performance on Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs).
It is important to remember that a person does not need to be under the influence of an illegal drug to be convicted of this charge. Abuse of any legal prescription or over-the-counter drug (such as Vicodin, Oxy-Contin, or Benadryl) can and will result in a criminal conviction.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Orange County or Riverside County, please contact us about a DUI lawyer for your defense.
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