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Ventura County DUI Lawyer

What can you do if arrested for a DUI?

Everyone knows how dangerous it is to drive while drunk. Nevertheless, every day there are reckless individuals who attempt to do so. According to a DUI Fact Sheet provided by the California DMV, there were 1,489 DUI-related fatalities in the year 2007. Intoxicated drivers have a lowered level of awareness, inhibited reflexes, and affected motor functions, all of which contribute to serious accidents. DUI is defined in California Vehicle Code § 23152 as operating a vehicle while under the effects of drugs or alcohol, and/or with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher.

California is strict—and often severe—when it comes to penalizing drunk driving. Below are the penalties for various offenses as listed in the 2012 California Vehicle Code:

  • Fourth or subsequent DUI within 10 years (Cal. Veh. Code § 13550):
    • Prison sentence of 16 months or 2 to 3 years; or a jail sentence of 180 days to 1 year
    • A fine of $390-$1,000
  • License Suspension (Cal. Veh. Code § 13352)
    • First offense – Six months
    • Second offense – Two years
    • Third offense – Revoked for three years
    • Fourth or subsequent offense – Revoked for four years

Keep in mind that DUI with injury (Cal. Veh. Code § 23153) is usually a felony punishable by a prison sentence and license suspension or revocation. Also, just like the DUI charges listed above, repeat offenses of DUI with injury within 10 years of a prior conviction will result in escalated penalties.

How Alcohol Affects Your Body

Unlike any other food or drink, alcohol cannot be stored in the body in any way. Because of this, your body must completely "metabolize" it and eliminate it from your system. When you first consume alcohol, up to 20% of it is immediately absorbed through the stomach wall into your bloodstream. The rest will make its way into the small intestine where even more will be absorbed into your bloodstream, while the remaining amount moves into your liver. Once the alcohol enters your bloodstream, it will make its way to your heart, brain, and lungs, where it will lower your blood pressure, affect your thought process and reflexes, and become evident on your breath. The remaining alcohol in your liver gets oxidized and removed. Your liver cannot, however, remove all of the alcohol at once, which means the alcohol will have to cycle back through your bloodstream several times before it is completely metabolized and the effects wear off. This is the reason why it is recommended that you wait several hours before attempting to drive after drinking.

Need help fighting a DUI in California?

Now that you know why driving under the influence is dangerous, you should know how to fight a wrongful DUI arrest. Law enforcement officers can be quick to make an arrest without having adequate grounds to believe that you are intoxicated. Before charging you with drunk driving, an officer must conduct a series of field sobriety tests, as well as breath and blood tests to assess your motor skills and attention capabilities. These tests must be administered in a very specific manner in order for the results to be valid. Also, if you have a medical condition, have taken certain prescription drugs, or are simply tired or nervous, your results could be affected. A DUI lawyer could investigate each of these areas and skillfully fight your charges to avoid a conviction. Contact The Law Offices of Douglas H. Ridley today if you have been arrested for drunk driving in Ventura County!

Hire Our Qualified Ventura DUI Attorney

As a former Ventura County Deputy District Attorney, Douglas Ridley knows what evidence is necessary to file charges. Our firm has handled thousands of criminal cases over the past 13 years and can provide the aggressive representation that you need. We understand the difficulties that you are going through and we will do everything we can to help you through the process and fight your wrongful charges. Call our offices today for a free case evaluation to learn how we can help!

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Ventura, CA 93003
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