Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving under the influence is generally a misdemeanor. California Vehicle Code section 23152(a) makes it illegal to drive under the influence. It states:

“It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle.”

Vehicle Code section 23152(b) makes it unlawful for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

“It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”

A more serious offense is a DUI involving an accident that causes bodily injury. This is covered in Vehicle Code section 23153(a) and (b) which state:

“(a) It is unlawful for any person, while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.”

(b) It is unlawful for any person, while having 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.”

If you have been charged with driving under the influence contact DUI attorney Lance Jacot at The Jacot Law Firm.