DUI Laws in Los Angeles

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Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by DALA Staff Writer

According to the facts, there were nearly 40,000 DUI (Driving under influence) arrests in Los Angeles in year 2015 alone. This figure gives a clear image of how much of an issue DUI is, in Los Angeles. The rising incidences of drunk driving have made the law strict and given rise to specialized DUI attorneys.

There are two basic laws found in vehicle code sections 23152 (a) and 23152 (b), both explaining the offence’s nature as Misdemeanor and the legal limit placed on BAC (Blood alcohol concentration) which is 0.08% in Los Angeles.

Both the above charges can be charged together. First, for driving under the influence of alcohol and second, having a BAC of 0.08%, which is more than the legal limit. However the punishment will not be separate for both the offences. Los Angeles law enforcement officers carry out the investigation for DUI and their duties involve checking motorists for any sign of intoxication.

This they will achieve by carrying out tests like FST’s (field sobriety tests) and chemical tests involving blood, breath and urine to determine the BAC in the motorist’s blood stream. A refusal to let the officer do a chemical test can lead to license suspension immediately and can be held against the driver in the court of trial. A DUI attorney can ensure that you get the least of fines and get you off as best as possible.

The Los Angeles law generally treats DUI without injury, or a first offence as a Misdemeanor, but can treat it as a Felony if the offence is upgraded. This holds true in the sense that there was either injury caused or the offence was charged under special circumstances, like driving after revocation of license or under an already existing DUI charge. Possible penalties for a first time charge can involve heavy fines, probation and license suspension/revocation and enhanced penalties such as, jail time and ignition interlock devices if the charge is that of a Felony. That is why a specialist attorney in DUI must be hired.

DALA Staff Writer
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