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Driving Under the Influence – DUI in California
If you are arrested for a DUI in Orange County California, then you should call our experienced Orange County DUI lawyers immediately. In California, you will be charged with driving under the influence if your blood alcohol content is above the legal limit or if you are under the influence of drugs (prescription or illegal drugs) to such a degree that you are impaired.
When a police officer stops you, he or she may initiate a DUI arrest if you smell alcohol or otherwise appear to be under the influence. The officer must have seen you driving. The officer will use various methods to determine if you are under the influence including a chemical or breath test, field sobriety tests, testing your reflexes and balance as a measure of how well you are able to operate a car.
Blood Alcohol Level
Blood Alcohol Level refers to the amount of alcohol absorbed by the body. If your blood alcohol level is .08 or above you will be considered under influence in California. Blood alcohol content can be measured by a breathalyzer test, a urine sample or a blood sample. Several factors such as if anyone was hurt or killed, if a child was in the car and if you have prior DUI convictions influence the penalties for driving under the influence.
Besides loosing your license for a period of time, you may be sentenced to probation, or even prison term in addition to fines and fees. You may have to take a defensive driving course and/or you perform community service to get your license back. You may be required to get an ignition lock on your car, forcing you to prove you’re not drunk before the car will start. You may also lose the tags to any cars title in your name. In some cases, you may be required to go through an alcohol rehabilitation program.
A breathalyzer refers to the device police officers use to test a driver’s blood alcohol content. The results are generally considered accurate but can be affected by body temperature, electrical currents, breath sprays and other conditions including the condition of the device and the officer’s training in using the device.
The officer will direct the person to blow into the device for a certain period of time. Some people with pulmonary or other health conditions may be unable to blow into the machine long enough to generate a reading.
If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license can be suspended or revoked. If you refuse a breathalyzer, the police officer is required to read you an Implied Consent Form informing you that you will most likely lose your license.
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