Category: DUI Courts

What does DUI “Per Se” mean?

“Per Se” means “by or in itself.”

California Vehicle Code 23152(b) makes it a crime to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”) of 0.08% or higher.  Often referred to as California’s “per se” DUI law, this section means that someone driving “at or over the BAC limit” of .08% or more, the person can be found guilty of DUI, even if it cannot be proven that he or she is actually “under the influence” of the alcohol.  Thus, the BAC level itself is an illegal level. Continue reading “What does DUI “Per Se” mean?”

What is a Felony DUI?

Felonies are the most serious kind of criminal charge, punishable by State prison and major fines. It is no different with a DUI.

In California, a DUI can be filed as a felony by the prosecuting agency. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, it’s important to know what kind of charge you face, and what this means for your case as well as your exposure. But first, you should know the difference between the two types of charges. Continue reading “What is a Felony DUI?”

Do I have to go to court for a DUI?

When you get arrested for a DUI in California, there is two proceedings that are going to happen independent of each other, yet they’re going to go simultaneously. The first one is the DMV, they’re trying to suspend your license. The second proceeding is the court case. The court case, you’re going to have an arraignment. That’s the first hearing. At the arraignment, the court is going to advise you what you’re charged with and take your plea. Continue reading “Do I have to go to court for a DUI?”