Alameda County DUI Defense Attorney
Tirelessly Fighting for Our Clients' Rights
DUI convictions are incredibly serious, and they can have lasting consequences. In addition to losing your driving privileges, you may also face significant fines and jail time. With so much at stake, you are strongly encouraged to consult with professional legal counsel. Doing so can help you better understand your rights and options.
DUI conviction penalties may include:
- Jail time
- Community service
- License suspension or revocation
- Mandatory alcohol education classes
- An Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
If you've been arrested for a DUI, it's critical that you take action immediately. Contacting a skilled DUI defense attorney can help you get the legal support and resources you need to mount a strong defense. The Law Office of John W. Noonan offers a free initial consultation so you can get to know our team and learn about your options.
Call us at (925) 807-7077 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.
What Is Considered a DUI in California?
In California, driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both. A person is typically considered under the influence if their ability to drive safely is affected to an appreciable degree. This is often assessed by measuring blood alcohol content (BAC). Under C
Under California law, a BAC of 0.08% or higher is considered a DUI for drivers 21 years and older. For those under 21, a BAC of 0.01% or higher constitutes a DUI. Meanwhile, commercial drivers have a lower limit, with a BAC of 0.04% or higher considered a DUI. It's important to note that a person can still be charged with a DUI if their BAC is below these thresholds, but their driving is impaired.
Are You Required to Submit to Field Sobriety and Chemical Tests in California?
If you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence in California, the officer may request that you participate in field sobriety tests (FSTs) and/or a chemical test. It's important to understand that you are not legally obligated to submit to FSTs. These tests, such as the one-leg stand or walk-and-turn, are designed to gather evidence of your impairment. However, refusing them does not usually carry any legal penalties.
Refusal to submit to a chemical test can result in harsh penalties, including license suspension and fines.
Under the state's implied consent laws, if you are lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence, you automatically consent to take a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining your BAC.
Note: every DUI case is different, and to understand how these laws apply to your specific case, you should consult with an experienced attorney.
How the Law Office of John W. Noonan Can Help
Our firm understands how challenging and stressful a DUI charge can be. We know that a DUI conviction can affect your job, finances, and personal life. We also know that a conviction can make it difficult to rent an apartment, obtain a loan, or find a job. After a DUI arrest, you may feel as though your life is falling apart and that you have no hope of getting your life back on track.
However, there is hope. Our team is here to help you. We have a proven record of fighting tirelessly for our clients' rights. We take a strategic and comprehensive approach to DUI defense that considers your case holistically. We understand the complexities of California DUI laws and are ready to use this understanding to help you.
When you need an advocate who will put your best interests first, call our law firm at (925) 807-7077 or send us a message online.
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