Anaheim DUI Law
Anaheim police are always looking for ways to decrease the number of drivers that are under the influence. According to a recent survey, in 2010 2,715 people were killed due to DUI drivers. In order to combat this, police routinely set up sobriety checkpoints and patrol for drivers exhibiting signs of intoxication. Drug related DUIs are just as big of a concern to police as alcohol. In the fall of 2010, police in Anaheim conducted a voluntary roadside survey to get an idea of how many people drive under the influence of marijuana 8.4% of the drivers tested showed some marijuana in their system.
If you have been arrested in Anaheim, there are actions you should take. In order to prevent automatic license suspension after arrest, a request must be filed with the California DMV within 10 days. If you miss this window, your license will be suspended. In addition to filing this paperwork with the DMV, an attorney can do many things to help you.
DUI Charges in Anaheim
First time DUI – For many people, a DUI is their first experience with the criminal justice system. A first time offender with a clean record can still face jail time, fines, license suspension and more. In 2008, the DUI conviction rate in California was 79%.
Repeat DUI Offender – Police will check your record if you are suspected of DUI in order to see if you have any prior DUI convictions. If any are found, subsequent DUI charges result in steeper penalties like higher fines and increased jail time. People with four or more DUI convictions can even face felony DUI charges.
Drug related DUI – You can be arrested in Anaheim for driving under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol. You can also be charged with DUI for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. The NHTSA estimates that about 16.3% of nighttime drivers are under the influence of some drugs.
Juvenile DUI – Minors under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI just like adults if their BAC is over the legal limit. If you are under 21 and found driving with any alcohol in your system, you can be charged with underage DUI as well under Anaheim's zero tolerance policy.
Commercial DUI – Drivers with commercial licenses have their own set of DUI laws. If you are stopped while driving a commercial vehicle and have a BAC of .04% or greater, you can be charged with commercial DUI.
Felony DUI – Felonies are the most serious classification of crimes. Felony charges can result in steep fines and years of jail and probation. There are several instances when a DUI can be charged as a felony in Anaheim.
DUI Accidents – If you are involved in a car accident in Anaheim and your BAC is over the legal limit, you will be arrested for DUI and charged with causing the accident. Charges will be even worse if anyone was injured or killed in the accident. In 2009, 23% of drivers killed in car accidents in California tested positive for some type of drug and 29% of drivers tested positive for alcohol intoxication in 2010.
DUI Injuries – If you are driving under the influence and cause an accident that leads to serious injury or death, you will be held responsible and can even be charged with felony DUI and manslaughter.
BUI – Just like cars, boaters must abstain from consuming alcohol if they plan to drive. You can be charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) if you are found to be driving a watercraft with a BAC over the legal limit.
Anaheim Criminal Courts
North Justice Center
1275 N Berkeley Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (877) 872-2122
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
DUI Defense Lawyer in Anaheim
What sets us apart from other law firms is our dedication to building the strongest defenses for our clients. We believe that every case is defensible and we work hard every day to get out clients great results. If you have been arrested for DUI, call our attorneys right now. We work to build your defense strategy by examining your case and the evidence again you. Next, we look at ways that we can challenge that evidence and establish a reasonable doubt to its validity. Errors can often occur during breath and blood testing and our experienced DUI attorneys have a deep understanding of how things can go wrong.
A DUI can result in serious penalties like jail time, probation, community service, and more. In cases of multiple convictions or an accident that caused injury or death, you could even be charged with a felony DUI. The best way to avoid these sentences is to fight the charges. We can help you in every way possible. Call us now for a free consultation.