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DUI Overview

Sacramento DUI Defense Lawyer

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that involves serious legal consequences in the state of California. Taking the charges of a DUI lightly is the worst and most common mistake that people can make. When someone has gotten charged with a DUI, she/he should know that a conviction can cause life altering legal consequences such as monetary fines, jail time, and probation. Consequently, that person may lose their driving privileges for a period of time. It would be a critical mistake for someone to make light of their DUI charges, because legal and financial penalties can be huge. People who have been charged with DUI need to strengthen their defense starting with hiring the correct DUI defense attorney.

What is driving under the influence?

In the State of California "driving under the influence" or DUI is defined several different ways.

California Vehicle Code Section 23152 states that it is against the law to drive while you are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.  It also says that it is illegal to drive when your blood alcohol level is measured at a .08  or greater.  You can be below a .08 and still be charge with a DUI under the theory that you were impaired by alcohol and/or drugs even if your alcohol level was below .08.

There are many ways in which to challenge a DUI chemical test result and I have successfully done so in court.

Retain a Local Sacramento County DUI Lawyer

If you have been accused of DUI in Sacramento County it is highly advisable to hire a local practitioner who is familiar with the local court scene.  This way your attorney will know what is to be expected and which judges to avoid.  You want an attorney who focuses specifically on DUI defense.  This field of study is complex and requires time and commitment to understanding both the science and the law of DUI.  A DUI defense attorney must be an expert in DUI and criminal procedure as well as an expert on DMV administrative law which is very different from criminal procedure in court.

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