Getting charged with DUI (driving under the influence) can devastate your life. It can make keeping your current job or finding employment in the future difficult. Plus, if you have one DUI conviction, getting another anytime within a decade of the first offence increases the penalties that you face, including license suspension, more jail time, and months-long DUI program classes. Due to these factors, you need a DUI lawyer if you face this charge. Find out more about how such a legal professional can help.
What Is a DUI?
In the state of California, there are technically two types of DUIs that an officer can charge you with. According to the state under 23152 (a) you cannot drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, regardless of your blood alcohol level. Additionally, under 23152 (b) you cannot have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. Consequently, you don’t have to be drunk to get a DUI charge, though if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or greater, you will likely have charges for violating both 23152 (a) and 23152 (b). However, you can only receive a punishment for one of those charges.
Additionally, parts 23152 (d) and 23152 (e) prohibit those operating commercial and passenger for hire vehicles, respectively, with blood alcohol levels of 0.04 percent or higher. Due to the nature of DUI charges, you should consult with a DUI lawyer to help you through the complicated legal process.
Why You Need a DUI Lawyer
The law is always changing with new codes and rules put into action. You need a partner who can work with you to answer your questions about a DUI charge and what you need to do. A DUI lawyer will give you representation in court so you won’t be alone when you face a judge.
Consult with Defense Attorney Steven K. Bloom When You Need a DUI Lawyer
If you are in Orange County and need a DUI lawyer, contact The Law Office of Steven K. Bloom for a free case evaluation. When you get pulled over and charged with DUI, know that you are not alone in the legal system. You can get help through the process with a qualified lawyer to answer your questions and represent you.