Know the law and think before you drink and drive
Bad things can happen to good people, especially when a DUI is involved. The state of California takes driving under the influence of alcohol very seriously, and does not always go light on punishment.
In California, drivers under the age of 21 cannot drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) or more than 0.01 percent. The BAC limit is 0.08 percent for adults over 21 and 0.04 percent for commercial drivers.
These numbers mean only one or two drinks at happy hour or at a party can put someone over the BAC limit. Penalties for DUI offenses can include:
- Hefty fines up to $1000 plus penalty assessments
- Time in county jail or the state penitentiary
- Installation of a certified ignition interlock device (IID)
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license
- Community service
- Attendance of a driving under the influence program
Don’t let this happen to you
In February 2015, a Texas man with 10 prior DUI convictions was sentenced to two life terms after a 3-hour jury deliberation. He was 64, and could possibly spend his last years in jail.
In another instance related to drunk driving charges, a mother was caught drinking in an Orange County bar while her young children waited in the car. She already had an IID from a prior conviction, and asked her 4-year old to blow into the device in order to start the car. She was arrested at the scene.
In the worst of cases, drunk drivers are involved in accidents that result serious injury and death. In July 2015, a 39-year-old man caused a multi-vehicle collision that killed a 14-year-old and sent two other teenagers to the hospital.
Get the best lawyer
Whatever your case may be, it is not the end of the world. Getting an experienced DUI lawyer with a proven track record can help free you of charges or reduce your sentence. It can also save you the embarrassment from friends, family and your employer.
Jon Artz is professional and listens to each client’s individual situation. He has 40+ years of experience in dealing with the intricacies of the law, and can help even in the most complicated cases. Because he fully understands the gravity of your situation, he is always straightforward, honest and ethical.
When questions arise, he will be with you from beginning to end. Someone will always answer the phone and make sure your concerns are heard and addressed.
When faced with a DUI, make sure you have the best lawyer on your side. You will have the peace of mind knowing your day in court will work in your favor.