Bobby Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt 's grandson, was arrested on Monday in West Virginia for driving under the influence. He was stopped by police after he made a wide left turn at a very high speed. The officer noticed Earnhardt's speech was slurred and his car emitted the odor of alcohol. Earnhardt's BAC was .193% which is more than twice the legal limit of .08% and he was arrested for a first time DUI offense. If he is convicted of DUI, he may face a sentence of up to 6 months of jail and a fine of $500.
If you find yourself in a similar circumstance in California, call an attorney right away. In order to be arrested for DUI, you must be stopped by police first. Police officers must have a reasonable and articulable reason for stopping your vehicle. In Mr. Earnhardt's case, he was stopped for making a left turn too wide and too fast. Once his car was stopped, the officer saw signs of intoxication and evaluated him for DUI. A police officer cannot stop your vehicle just to see if you have been drinking. This is important to remember because if an officer stops you and does not state his/her reasoning for doing so, you can ask to leave. If you are charged with DUI, your DUI lawyer may be able to get them dismissed because of the unlawful stop.
There are many DUI defense possibilities that an average person may not even be aware of. If you or a family member are arrested for DUI in Southern California, call a DUI Defense attorney at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP. We know what defenses work and can build a solid defense strategy for just about any DUI case. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping clients get the best results possible. Best of all, we offer free consultations to all potential Los Angeles DUI clients.