Drunk driving in California is incredibly dangerous and taken very seriously. Law enforcement officials are on the lookout of anyone who is suspected of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you were pulled over or stopped at a DUI checkpoint under the suspicion of driving under the influence, you were probably asked to adhere to a field sobriety test, a breath test or a blood test. A field test is a test given on the side of the road, next to your car, that tests memory, coordination and balance. This test can be incredibly inaccurate as many factors can affect the outcome of a field sobriety test. Inclement weather, clothes and shear clumsiness can all affect the outcome of your test. If you were asked to take a breath test to determine you blood alcohol content level (BAC) and you blew a .08% or higher, you were most likely arrested on the spot. Blowing a .08% automatically means that your license was suspended. Failure to comply by any of these tests means immediate removal of your license and arrest under California's implied consent law.
Was your arrest valid?
As frightening as it may be having been placed under arrest and losing your driving privileges, you can still fight your charges. In order to arrest someone, or even make a stop, a police officer must have a valid reason. Officers will stop people under the pretense of being drunk if they believe you were swerving, driving recklessly, braking erratically or not adhering to posted signs. If you feel that you were wrongfully stopped or that your tests may have been administered unlawfully, contact an attorney today. A lawyer can help gather evidence and fully examine all angles of your charges to determine if you were illegally stopped and build a strong criminal defense case to help fight your DUI charges.
We provide criminal defense to the residents of Hemet, Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Corona, Winchester and Riverside. Our office is conveniently located near the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, California.
If you have been arrested for DUI, you need the assistance of an effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. Call my office immediately at 951.666.2600 to schedule a free consultation directly with me.