In 2014, four new statutes regarding DUIs were added to the California Vehicle Code Section 23152. The statutes were implemented in an attempt to reduce the high numbers of drunken driving.
Defining a DUI
A DUI is defined as someone who is caught driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs or the combination of both. Adults, minors, and truck drivers found with a blood alcohol level of; 0.08%, 0.01%, and 0.04% respectively, will be charged accordingly. Minors refer to anyone under the age of 21.
Minors found with a blood alcohol level of 0.01% or higher can face a two-year suspension from driving as determined by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Adults found with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% and higher face a standard suspension from driving privileges.
It is illegal to drive while intoxicated. If a driver’s blood alcohol level is 0.08% and higher, this is automatically considered as illegal driving. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of narcotics, alcohol, or a combination of the two.
Anyone charged with a DUI faces some serious consequences. This includes driving privileges being revoked as well as acquiring a criminal record if the DUI is charged as a felony. There are criminal and regulatory penalties applied to first, second, and third DUI offenses.
First DUI Charge
The penalties of a first-degree offense include monetary fines, a 30-day temporary license which only allows a driver to commute to work and home, a mandatory alcohol treatment program, and probation of up to five years.
Second DUI Charge
This charge carries with it jail time, monetary fines, a one-year alcohol treatment program, the installation of an interlock device, revoked driving privileges for a year, and a maximum of 10 years probation.
Third DUI Charge
A third offense is an immediate sentence to four months in prison, monetary fines, three years of revoked driving privileges, a felony charge with a result of indefinite vehicle confiscation.
Do the right thing and abstain from driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Choose not to endanger your life and other motorists too.