Hundreds of thousands of drivers are arrested each year in California for driving under the influence (DUI). As a result, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now has the right to immediately suspend the driver's license of anyone suspected of drunk driving. Law enforcement officers can confiscate your license instantly if you fail or refuse to submit to a chemical DUI test.
For drivers of regular passenger vehicles who are 21 or older, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in California with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Commercial drivers cannot operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher, and drivers under the age of 21 cannot have a BAC of 0.01% or higher.
DUI laws also prohibit driving under the influence of:
Even first-time offenders face stiff penalties for a DUI conviction. This can include the suspension of your license, up to $1,000 in fines, and up to six months in jail. After you've been arrested, you only have 10 days to contest the suspension of your license by requesting a hearing. An experienced Santa Ana criminal attorney can help you weigh your legal options.
Your Santa Ana DUI attorney can help you pursue a positive case outcome and avoid a conviction. There are some concepts to keep in mind while you navigate your DUI case, from the moment you are pulled over to the end of the case. Follow the tips below:
Wait to discuss your case with anyone until you speak with your defense attorney. You can and should politely refuse to answer any questions that might incriminate you.
Though most first-time DUI convictions result in misdemeanor charges, a misdemeanor DUI is not something you can afford to shrug off. At The Law Offices of Elia A. Naqvi, we have been protecting the rights of the accused for more than 20 years. We provide honest, upfront advice whether this is a first-time offense or you're facing a felony DUI conviction. The initial consultation is free, and we answer our phones 24 hours a day.
For a Santa Ana criminal defense attorney who will stand with you, call us at (714) 863-8677 today.