The California Highway Patrol announced on Monday, January 4,2009, that they made 18 arrest for suspected driving under the influence over the New Year Holiday. Officers stated that the number of DUI arrests made between December 31, 2009 and January 3, 2010, is up 8 from the New Year Holiday last year.
Arrests for DUI can be made for the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, California Vehicle Code 23152(a), or for driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more, VC section 23152(b). Drivers contacted by police officers and suspected of DUI or driving with a .08 or more will likely be asked to submit to a series of Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) to determine if there is cause for the officers to a make an arrest. In California drivers are not required to submit to FSTs or road side Preliminary Alcohol Screening breath tests.
However, all California licensed drivers have given their implied consent to submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath if requested by a peace officer on suspicion of DUI. Refusal to submit to a chemical test, blood test or evidentiary breath test, can result in enhanced punishment if the driver is convicted of driving under the influence. Further, a refusal can result in a driver’s license suspension or revocation of one year or more depending on whether the driver has prior DUI convictions.
If you are arrested driving under the influence after going through a DUI or driver’s license suspension checkpoint, or after a routine traffic stop, in Marin County, San Francisco, or Petaluma, call an experienced aggressive DUI attorney for help.
For more information about driving under the influence and suspended driver’s license defense in Marin County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, or for a free consultation, call Marin County DUI attorney John Stanko at 415-755-8899, or toll free at 1-877-204-8900.