This Labor Day weekend police officers in Bakersfield are looking to crack down on drivers who are under the influence. Beginning this Saturday August 31st, a DUI task force referred to as the “Avoid the 18” will be out in full force looking for DUI drivers and setting up license checkpoints in Kern County. The purpose of the program is to reduce the number of people injured and killed due to car accidents this holiday weekend. If you have been arrested for DUI in California and are serious about fighting your charges, call an attorney right now.
These programs are a good idea in theory, but can often lead to many unnecessary arrests. Attorneys see a lot of drivers who have been arrested for DUI when their BAC was under the legal limit or they had not been drinking at all. A police officer does not need any proof of intoxication to make a DUI arrest. If the officer feels that you are acting impaired, you can be arrested. It is important to call an experienced legal professional as soon as possible after a DUI arrest.
If you are facing California DUI charges, it is vital that you understand your rights. When police officers are tasked with busting DUI drivers, they can be overzealous and judge drivers too harshly. This is why you should decline taking all field sobriety tests and breath tests if they are not state administered and therefore would violate Implied Consent laws. If the test results are erroneous, you could incriminate yourself for DUI even if you are completely innocent. The lawyers at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP understand how this can happen and work hard to fight DUI charges for their clients. We can show a jury how sobriety tests can fail and we work hard to challenge the techniques used by police in order to arrest you.