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Arrested for DUI in California?

The State of California ranks high on the number of arrests for drinking and driving each year, with nearly 200,000 cases of it reported annually. Law enforcement has been on the lookout for any signs of intoxication while driving and will pull cars over if they suspect any form of illegal activity.

Our lead Long Beach DUI lawyer, Anthony Falangetti, has been included in the list of California Super Lawyers® for 2012-2014, denoting his hard work and achievement in the field of criminal defense. It is the goal of our firm that each and every client is treated with respect and dignity throughout the DUI legal process.

Facing DUI charges? Contact West Coast Defense at (800) 922-6989 to schedule your free consultation with a Long Beach DUI attorney.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Driving after consuming a few alcoholic beverages may not seem dangerous, but studies have shown even trace amounts of alcohol can impair a driver. Men who weigh about an average of 160 pounds only need two drinks before they will start feeling the effects and experience impairment. For women who are generally much smaller, it only takes typically one, maybe two drinks before putting themselves at risk on the road.

BAC Effects

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The higher up the BAC spectrum you go, you become less aware of the speed you may be traveling at in your vehicle and your concentration is debilitated. People may not be aware that all of these changes are occurring within their nervous system when setting out on the road and that while they feel fine they may actually be intoxicated.

Legally, the blood alcohol content (BAC) level limit is 0.08 percent for the State of California. While this may be the level at which you can be arrested for a DUI, lower levels of BAC can still affect your driving.

At 0.01% to 0.02%:

  • Reaction time is lowered
  • Attention span is shortened
  • Steering may become sloppy.

At 0.03% to 0.05%:

  • Standing becomes more difficult
  • Response time to emergency situations is dampened
  • Coordination is challenging
  • The time it takes to process basic information is significantly altered.

Any percentage above 0.08 is considered illegal and can result in a DUI charge.


California Implied Consent Law

Under California's implied consent law, any driver who has been lawfully arrested, meaning the arresting officer had probable cause, is required to submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath to determine their BAC. If the driver refuses to submit to testing, they could face having their license suspended for a year, as well as stricter penalties if they are later convicted of driving under the influence.

These laws not only affect California residents, but any motorist in the state of California is subject to the law and could be held responsible if they refuse to submit to testing. It is important to note that you do not have the right to speak with an attorney before deciding whether to take the blood or breath test. It is therefore vital to your defense to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you refused to submit to testing.

DUI Penalties in California

Even a first-time charge for drunk driving can result in serious ramifications. When there are multiple offenses for DUI on a driver's record, the consequences can increase exponentially. In the event that anyone was hurt or killed by a DUI accident, felony charges may apply that could land the driver in prison for years.

The following is a list of the basic penalties for a conviction of driving while intoxicated:

First Time DUI

  • Jail time from 4 days to 6 months
  • Fines from $1400-$2,600
  • License suspension for 30 days to 10 months
  • Possibility of Ignition Interlock Device installed in vehicle

Second DUI

  • Jail time from 10 days to 1 year
  • Fines from $1,800-$2,800
  • License suspension for 2 years, with a possibility of reducing the time to 1 year
  • Ignition Interlock Device installed in vehicle

Third DUI

  • Jail time from 120 days to 1 year
  • Fines from $1,800-$18,000
  • License suspension for 3 years
  • Ignition Interlock Device installed in vehicle

DUI Defense Strategies

Questioning Proper Protocol

There is a certain protocol that law officers must follow when pulling over and arresting someone with a charge of driving drunk. They must have reasonable evidence to prove why they stopped the driver in the first place.

If at any point this protocol is not properly followed, the subsequent evidence against you could become inadmissible in court.

Questioning Testing Results

When performing any breath and blood tests, the arresting officer must wait at least 15 minutes and observe the driver before administering the test. During this time, the individual is not supposed to eat, drink, vomit, smoke, or burp because these can significantly affect the results of a breathalyzer test. These different actions all bring the alcohol up to the driver's mouth and breath, altering the BAC percentage rate.

The outcome can also be altered by certain health factors and illnesses such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Being on certain diets
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Reflux diseases

Different chemical compounds within the human body as a result of these different issues can play a part in making it look as if the driver's BAC level is higher than it actually is.


It is essential that if you are facing charges for driving under the influence, that you hire a Long Beach DUI attorney that is knowledgeable on various prosecutor tactics and common ways to defend against these types of accusations.


Obtaining the Legal Help You Deserve

Dealing with charges for driving under the influence can cause significant fear and stress. Get in touch with our competent and aggressive legal team to better understand how we can assist you during this difficult time.

As a former prosecutor, our team is well-acquainted with handling cases of drunk driving from the other side. This has enabled them to learn invaluable information on what the judge is looking for and how to defend against faulty sobriety tests.

Please contact our office today to learn about how or Long Beach DUI Attorney can best protect your rights.

Some of Our Past Results
    • Charged with Giving False Information Case Dismissed
    • Charged with Battery on a Child / Child Abuse Case Dismissed
    • Arrested for a Felony possession DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED
    • Arrested for Domestic Violence Case was dropped
    • Arrested for Domestic Violence CASE DISMISSED
    • Accused of Child Molestation CASE DISMISSED
    • Fish and Game Violations Case Dismissed
    • Charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon ALL FELONY CHARGES WERE DISMISSED
    • Charged with Reckless Driving DISMISSED
    • Charged with Being Drunk in Public Case DISMISSED.
    • Charged with Felonious Crime Case Diverted, No Charges Filed.
    • Charged with Petty Theft DISMISSED
    • Arrested for Violation of Probation ALL ALLEGATIONS WERE DROPPED
    • Fish and Game Violations Case Dismissed
    • Accused of a Felony Criminal Threats Entire case was dropped
    • Charged with Vandalism Case Dismissed
    • Charged with Possession of a Firearm Felony Charge Dismissed
    • Charged with Cruelty to a Child Inflicting Injury CASE DISMISSED
    • Charged with White Collar Fraud Probation with home confinement.
    • Charged with Multiple Felony Counts ALL FELONY COUNTS DISMISSED
    • Charged with Illegal Possession Case Dismissed
    • Arrested for Felony Arson All felony charges DISMISSED
    • Charged with Criminal Threats Case Dismissed
    • Carrying a Concealed Knife Misdemeanors were dismissed.
    • Charged with Criminal Threats Charged Reduced
    • Charged with Felony Domestic Violence with Great Bodily Injury No Charges Filed

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