Drunk driving puts people's lives at risk, and for the most part, people know that it's dangerous. Despite that, someone dies in a drunk driving crash once every 48 minutes in the United States (based on 2017 statistics). That adds up to 10,874 deaths that could potentially have been avoided.
If you are facing a DUI or drug-related charge, your best option is to begin working with your defense attorney. Although it may seem like you can handle these charges on your own, the reality is that your attorney has much more experience and may be able to help you reduce or eliminate the charges completely.
DUIs and drug crimes can sometimes occur together. For example, someone who is driving while intoxicated may have mixed Ecstasy with their drink, or someone could have smoked marijuana before taking a shot of alcohol. This is a bad idea, of course, because combining drugs and alcohol can increase the effects.
A DUI in California has the potential to significantly impact your future. If you're going through a divorce and have children, your reputation as a good parent could come under fire. If you had children in your vehicle at the time, you may significantly hurt your case for custody.
Getting arrested for a DUI is a big deal, no matter where you are. California is particularly harsh on drunk or impaired drivers, though. It has some of the most stringent impaired driving laws in the entire United States.
Among the new state laws taking effect on New Year's Day is one that could impact many Californians whose New Year's Eve festivities include a couple (or more) glasses of champagne.
Cars that you can place in "Autopilot" mode to essentially drive themselves are now a reality. While they aren't common on California freeways just yet, you may have shared the road with one without realizing it. Tesla is one car manufacturer that makes vehicles with this feature.
Whether your son or daughter started college this fall, is living in a fraternity or sorority this year or turned 21 over the summer, you're likely nervous about how much drinking they'll be doing at school.
A few years back you made a mistake. You drove after a few drinks. You got pulled over by police and failed the Breathalyzer test. Ultimately, you pleaded guilty to a DUI. You paid a fine, went to the required classes and maybe served a couple of days in jail. Finally, you completed your probation.