The 7 Types of California DUIs
Most people in California who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are arrested and charged with violations of Vehicle Codes 23152(a) and 23152(b). However, an intoxicated driver can also be charged with violations of Vehicle Codes 23152(c) through (e). There are seven types of DUIs that can be charged in the state…Read More
Who Benefits from the Mental Health Diversion Program
California Senate Bill 215 (SB 215) allowed for the passage of Penal Code 1001.82 which allows some people with mental disorders to receive mental health treatment when charged with a criminal offense. This California program, which went into effect on June 27, 2018, is known as “mental health diversion.” How Does the Mental Health Diversion…Read More
How a Field Sobriety Test Can be Used Against You in a DUI Case
When a motorist is pulled over by a police officer under the suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a series of field sobriety tests may be given to the driver. The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established these field sobriety tests as a standard to determine if motorists…Read More
When can a DUI be Charged and Prosecuted as a Felony?
Many people view DUIs are traffic offenses that, while serious, do not rise to the level of felony conduct. This is not necessarily true. You can be charged with a felony DUI in California under a number of circumstances. The penalties for a felony DUI can be extraordinarily serious, and it would likely be in…Read More
All You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices (IID)
Following a robust and extensive pilot program in parts of California, new legislation that came into effect at the beginning of this year has significantly changed penalties for DUI offenses by requiring or providing the option to install an ignition interlock device in many more cases. Governor Edmund Brown signed into law SB 1046, which…Read More
Understanding SR22 Requirements
A number of circumstances may lead you to seek an SR22, which is becoming an increasingly popular requirement in California in conjunction with IIDs (ignition interlock devices). Knowing what an SR22 is and what the process is for obtaining one is important so that you can take the right steps to reinstate or maintain your…Read More
Help! I’m being pulled over and I’ve been drinking What do I do?!
As a DUI attorney, people often ask me, “What would you do if, after having been drinking, you were stopped by a police officer?” I’ve often thought about what I would do I was stopped after drinking. Over the next 3 installments, I’ll described what I’d do, hypothetically, if this happened to me in California.*…Read More