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Will laser technology be the next big advancement in technology used during driving under the influence investigations? Well, the question has been greatly debated since the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing article. The article titled Stand-off Detection of Alcohol in Car Cabins discussed how laser technology could be used to detect alcohol in a vehicle’s cabin. The cabin of a motor vehicle is the area where the driver and passengers sit.

What you do and do not do at a traffic stop can make a positive difference during a potential DUI arrest. Remember what you say and do may have a strong impact in two ways:

  • Whether you are actually arrested for DUI
  • How much evidence police and prosecutors can use against you if there are formal charges ultimately filed against you.

Have you or your loved one been recently charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, and have a previous DUI conviction? It is not an uncommon occurrence. Statistics reveal that a significant percentage of drivers convicted for DUI are charged with another DUI later. Although this is not uncommon, having multiple DUIs in California increases a current DUI charge to an aggravated offense. When aggravated circumstances are involved, you are facing harsher penalties and consequences.

In the fight against drinking and driving, law enforcement and safety regulators are continuously working to implement new methods to prevent and prosecute DUI incidents. The foundation of many of these new measures is technological advancements. As a California driver, it’s vital to understand what and how technology may be used against you if you are ever charged with a driving under the influence crime.

Majority of Californians have encountered sobriety checkpoints, or DUI checkpoints, while driving. Sobriety checkpoints is an effort to decrease drunk driving. Law enforcement officials generally conduct checkpoints and increase patrols of holidays like the Fourth of July or Labor Day. So what happens when you approach a sobriety checkpoint and choose to drive in another direction to avoid it?

There is no denying the fact that the past 70 years has seen a huge change in how police and the public view driving under the influence. Numerous private organizations, government agencies and lawmakers have focused on DUI laws. For instance, in California a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 percent or higher falls within the DUI statute. Drivers at or above 0.08 BAC are typically arrested for DUI. This shift has helped decrease alcohol-related vehicle accidents across the country. However, it has also caused a rise in the number of DUI arrests.

Can what happened to a Southern California man in July 2014 happen to you? It may seem extreme but there are certain instances where you can be accused of causing a drunk driving accident and face murder charges too.

After a driving under the influence arrest, you probably feel hopeless. You believe the police have so much evidence against you that you’ll have to plead guilty or face a conviction. You think that the prosecutor has a slam dunk case against you. Remember this: You’ve only been arrested and/or charged with DUI. You’re not convicted of any crime. There are four other things to remember about your DUI arrest and/or charge:

You may have viewed the growing number of public service announcements pushing the message that buzz driving is the same thing as drinking and driving. For many viewers this is confusing. What really is buzzed driving? Can you really get arrested for buzzed drinking and driving? When it comes to drinking alcohol and driving, how much alcohol is too much?

Driving under the influence penalties

You may already know that a DUI conviction has tough penalties like jail time, probation and fines according to California Vehicle Code 23152. Those are the criminal penalties. However, there are many non-criminal penalties you may not know that go hand in hand with a DUI conviction. In California, there are a variety of ways a DUI conviction will change your life. The following is a small sample:

Board of Governors,

America's Top-Ranked Law School For Trial Advocacy

Stetson University DUI Program

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6777 Hollywood Blvd Ste 508
Los Angeles, CA 90028