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Alcohol a factor in auto-pedestrian accident in Santa Ana

Often, the circumstances of an arrest in Encino may prompt law enforcement officials to charge an individual with multiple offenses. An example may be were one was alleged driving drunk while also committing a moving violation or driving with a suspended or revoked license. In such situations, one facing criminal charges may be concerned that authorities may be overzealous in leveling accusations against him or her, perhaps in an attempt to make an example to others. It should be remembered in such cases that one should only face the charges that his or her actions may have warranted.

Open container laws in California

California residents and people who may live in other states but live in California should understand the state's laws about alcohol in vehicles. Certainly there are clear drunk driving laws that govern the amount of alcohol a driver may have in their system before being arrested for driving under the influence. But, the laws do not stop there. There are also regulations that govern what and where alcohol may be kept or transported in vehicles.

What you can expect at the DMV after a DUI arrest

Nothing can ruin a fun night out faster than being pulled over for suspicion of driving while under the influence (DUI). Imagine having a night out with your friends at your favorite watering-hole, then seeing the red and blue lights in your rearview just a few blocks from your house.

What is the walk-and-turn test?

You may have heard people in California reference field sobriety tests and wonder exactly what types of things are tested and how these tests are administered. One of the standardized tests is called the walk-and-turn test. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, this test alone is considered to have an accuracy rate of 66 percent.

The one-legged stand field sobriety test

Have you been arrested and charged with drunk driving in California? If so, you know how scary the whole experience can be? Upon seeing flashing lights behind you, it's not uncommon for a person's heart rate to increase and a general level of nervousness and fear sets in. This type of emotional response can understandably make even the most basic tasks difficult to execute. When asked to participate in a field sobriety test, your ability to pass these tests may be compromised with or without alcohol.

4 reasons you could appear drunk when you're not

Everyone makes mistakes, and it's an odd day when you're pulled over for no reason. If you were accused of driving while drunk but know you didn't have anything to drink, several explanations are possible. Certain medical conditions affect the way you act and appear. Your balance, speech or other movements may appear intoxicated.

What are the legal consequences of underage drinking and driving?

If you have been caught drinking and driving in California and are under the legal age of consumption, then you will face stiff penalties from the Department of Motor Vehicles. It is important to understand that the DMV notes whatever underage drinking penalties it imposes are in addition to anything that may be imposed by the court.

Understanding ignition interlock device laws in California

When people are charged with a DUI in California, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Although these drunk driving monitors may cost the convicted drunk driver a substantial amount of money, the devices give DUI offenders the ability to continue driving to essential destinations, such as school, work and doctors’ appointments. These drivers may otherwise be unable to operate a vehicle on a suspended driver’s license and run the risk of getting additional citations.

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