Regardless of the area, drunk driving charges are generally a serious matter within the legal system. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can result in penalties that potentially cross over into careers and reputations. However, the type of charge one might receive largely depends on the county in which the charge took place. California's laws, especially in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, are hardly empathetic, even toward first-time offenses of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Yet the state has recently debated more preventative measures that could save drivers from strict charges.
Imagine being pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence in San Dimas. Such a scenario has occurred with many of the clients that we here at The Law Offices of Paul E. Antill have worked with. For some, their first impulse was to refuse to submit to sobriety testing. You may view that as a wise move, thinking that law enforcement officials cannot compel you to do anything. However, California's implied consent laws allow officials additional authority when it comes to dealing with suspected drunk drivers. The question is how far does that authority go?
Being arrested for drunk driving can be stressful or even frightening. Will you lose your driver's license? Will you go to jail? What will that mean for your life?
You have likely heard news reports from other areas in country about how states have allowed drivers convicted of driving under the influence to continue operating their vehicles (after their driving privileges have been reinstated, that is) using ingnition interlock devices. These devices are systems installed in your vehicle that require you to breathe into an apparatus prior to driving to measure your breath. If alcohol content is detected, the car engine will not start and the reading will be recorded, as well. In July of 2010, California began to trial its own ignition interlock program in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties. While orginally scheduled to run only through 2016, the state's amended DUI law extended the trial to 2019, after which the program will be implemented throughout the state.
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