Being arrested for drunk driving offenses in California can have dire consequences. Even for a first offense, one's driving privileges can be taken away and stiff fines may be assessed if a conviction is ultimately obtained. Furthermore, jail time and/or community service could be ordered in appropriate cases. Moreover, a drunk driving arrest -- in and of itself -- can cause pandemonium in one's work and personal life.
When authorities pull a driver over at a traffic stop, it is not unusual for them to check for signs of intoxication. When a male driver was stopped for speeding on U.S. 395 in Mono County, the officer apparently detected the smell of alcohol on the man's breath. The man was subjected to tests to determine whether he was inebriated. The result of the screening test reportedly showed a blood alcohol concentration of .27 percent, more than three times the legal limit in California.
The alleged drunk driver was arrested and booked into a county jail. When a driver is charged with DUI after being stopped for a traffic offense, the authorities have strict rules to follow when conducting sobriety and breath tests. Failing to abide by these regulations may damage their case against the alleged offender.
California drivers who have been arrested and charged with drunk driving are regarded as innocent in the eyes of the court unless and until prosecutors provide sufficient evidence to prove the driver guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Gathering information about the laws and legal processes relating to drunk driving may benefit the accused. The accused individual may have the opportunity to pursue negotiations for a plea agreement as a means of achieving a satisfactory result that often limits the consequences for a plea of guilty to specified charges.
Source: mynews4.com, Drunk Driving arrest on U.S. 395, No author, March 17, 2014