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Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to our new blog & website. This is a combination of a re-design from our previous website now integrating a blog and fresh new content. Our team will do our best to continually add articles that are relevant to our industry and most importantly, useful to you as the reader/subscriber. Th[...]

California DUI Laws

DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) - DUI. It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. Vehicle Code Section 23152(b) - Driving with BAC of .08% or more. It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, [...]

BAC .21 Felony DUI with No Jail Time

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a female client who was involved in a traffic accident by rear-ending another car.   After she was arrested Client agreed to a blood test and the results showed .21% Blood Alcohol Concentration. Persons in the other car were injured and the District Atto[...]

Texting while driving: more dangerous than DUI

A study completed in 2012 by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration shows that Texting while driving (TWD) is SIX times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). The study also shows Texting while driving (TWD) is also more dangerous[...]

DUI Checkpoints Continue to Waste Tax Payer Moneys (Revised)

Revised:  This past weekend in Riverside, California, the Riverside Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Van Buren Boulevard just south of Garfield Street between the hours of 8 p.m. on Friday, December 13, and 2 a.m. December 14. The Press Enterprise Newspaper reported [...]

Finally - The Myth of the "Gold Standard" is Beginning to Unravel!

As reported in the Los Angeles Times article on November 10, 2013, an Orange County Crime Lab error leads to inaccurate blood alcohol test results that could affect hundreds of DUI cases. You ask, Why is this important?   Because for years Gas Chromatography,  the process of how law enforcement[...]

Palm Springs Gay Pride Tips to Avoid a DUI

Palm Springs Gay Pride Weekend is here! - This weekend - November 2-3, 2013 is Gay Pride weekend in Palm Springs, California and with it comes all the fun and festivities associated with Palm Springs Gay Pride. Be safe and enjoy the festivities.  But remember, the Palm Springs Police Department, [...]

DUI Charges Dropped in Riverside Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was involved in a traffic collision. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Riverside Court. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results of .0[...]

Aggressive DUI Defense in San Bernardino Wins

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was arrested for a 2nd DUI within 10 years.   Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in San Bernardino Court. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and ha[...]

Dismissed DUI Charges in Riverside Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was arrested for a DUI in Riverside and was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Riverside Court. Client consented to a blood test and the result was .11% Blood Alcohol Concen[...]

Marijuana DUI Charges Dismissed in Joshua Tree Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was arrested for VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Joshua Tree Court. After being arrested he agreed to a blood sample with result of .06% alcohol concentration and marijuana. Disposit[...]

Reckless Driving DUI Riverside Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was arrested for a DUI in Riverside and was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Riverside Court. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results of .088%/.[...]

San Bernardino Court DUI Dismissed

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was arrested for a DUI within 10 years.   Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in San Bernardino Court. Client blew into a Evidential Breath Test machine and had resu[...]

Rancho Cucamonga Court DUI Dismissed

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was allegedly stopped at an intersection for “too long” a time period.   Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Rancho Cucamonga Court.  After he was arreste[...]

Joshua Tree DUI Attorney Wins Big - Charges Dismissed

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly “weaving and almost hitting a center divider”.   After he was arrested he agreed to a breath test and the results were .13/.12% Blood Alcohol Concentration.    Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - D[...]

Murrieta DUI Attorney Gets Case Dismissed - Another Victory

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly speeding.    Client chose a breath test and the results were .12/.12 %.    Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Riverside County S[...]

Indio Court - Riverside County DUI Dismissed

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly traveling in the wrong direction on a street.   Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Indio Court. After careful analysis of the prose[...]

DA Wanted Jail - We Got Probation - Murrieta DUI

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was involved in a traffic accident by rear-ending another car.   At the scene, client blew into an Evidential Breath machine with results of .22%/.23% blood alcohol concentration.   Persons in the other car were injured and the Distr[...]

San Bernardino DUI Accident - No Jail Time

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was involved in a traffic accident by rear-ending another car.   At the scene, Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine with results of .095%/.097% blood alcohol concentration.   After he was arrested Client agreed to a blo[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – How the Body Eliminates Alcohol

In my last blog article (September 02, 2015) I provided a brief overview of how alcohol is distributed throughout the body.  This article will focus on how the consumed alcohol is eliminated from the body. Elimination: As soon as the alcohol enters the blood stream, the body starts eliminating it b[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – Absorption of Alcohol

In my last article I provided a brief overview of alcohol, mainly ethanol, which is the type of alcohol consumed by humans in alcoholic beverages.  Ethanol is produced through the process of fermentation (up to 15%) and by distillation for beverages with higher alcohol concentrations such as rum, v[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – How Alcohol Distributes Within the Body

In my last blog post regarding the Anatomy of a DUI (August 17, 2015) I provided a brief overview of how alcohol is absorbed into the body.  This article will focus on how the consumed alcohol distributes throughout the body.     Distribution: Once the alcohol moves from the stomach into the smal[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – An Overview of Alcohol

Over the past few months I have been asked by many individuals various questions relating to DUI.  I believe that knowledge is power, and when you have the knowledge you are in a better position to protect yourself.  Therefore, I decided to write this column to provide information relating to DUI [...]

Tips to Avoid a DUI

Tip #1.  Don't drink and drive! : If you have been drinking, call a taxi or have a friend drive you home. Tip #2.   If you do Drive, Don't park near the bar!: Police officers or their agents routinely drive through popular bar parking lots and note descriptions of cars in the parking lot and wait [...]

DUI Victory in Rancho Cucamonga Criminal Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly speeding. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Rancho Cucamonga Court, in San Bernardino County After our client was arrested he agreed to[...]

DUI Case Dismissed in San Bernardino County Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a female client who was stopped for allegedly driving on a flat tire in Montclair, CA. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Rancho Cucamonga Court. After she was arrested she agreed [...]

Suppressed Blood Test in a DUI provides Court Win

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly making an illegal u-turn. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Fullerton Court. After he was arrested he agreed to a blood test and the re[...]

Mishandled Blood - Results in Not Guilty DUI Case

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly driving erratically. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Rancho Cucamonga Court. After he was arrested he agreed to a blood test and the [...]

Mishandled Blood Test- Not Guilty DUI Verdict

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a female client who was stopped for allegedly not turning on her head lamps. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Rancho Cucamonga Court. After she was arrested she agreed to a blood[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – Alcohol in Men vs. Women

 Alcohol in Men vs. Women As I discussed in a previous article, alcohol has an affinity for water.   This means that alcohol is attracted to body tissues and organs that have a high water content. Once the alcohol moves from the stomach into the blood, it will be distributed throughout the variou[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – Alcohol and the Dose Response Relationship

Dose-Response Relationships People often ask the questions, "how 'high' is 'drunk'?" What is the "legal limit" for "drunk driving"? How much can a person drink before becoming "impaired" or “under the influence”? There is no simple answer to these or similar questions, except to say that any amo[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – Effects of Alcohol

In my last article I discussed the dose-response relationship of alcohol. But before I move the discussion to the mechanics of an actual DUI arrest, I believe it is important to give readers an understanding of the effects of alcohol from a clinical perspective. As you’ll see, throughout the vario[...]

The Anatomy of a DUI – Why Symptoms of Impairment are Important

In my last article in the Anatomy of a DUI series, I discussed the effects of alcohol from a clinical perspective showing the various stages of intoxication at various Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels. Why is this important information to know? When a person is arrested for driving while und[...]

3rd DUI - Attorney Barba Negotiates No Jail Time

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was involved in a traffic accident by side-swiping another car.   At the scene, client blew into an Evidential Breath machine with results of .12%/.14% blood alcohol concentration. Because Client had two prior DUI convictions, the Distr[...]

Defending a Palm Springs DUI

The Initial Observation and Contact: An arrest for DUI usually begins when a law enforcement officer comes in contact with a driver while the car is moving. Law enforcement will watch for certain behaviors before they stop a driver under suspicion of DUI. For example, if a driver is driving in an u[...]

DUI Charges Dismissed in Joshua Tree Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a female client who was arrested for VC23125 (a) (b) (DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Joshua Tree Court. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results of .085%/.086% Blood Alcohol Concentration. A[...]

DUI Dismissed in Palm Springs - Indio Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a female client who was arrested for a DUI in Palm Springs and was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Indio Court. Client’s blood test showed drugs and .07% alcohol concetration. Dispositi[...]

Rancho Cucamonga Marijuana DUI Dismissed

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly speeding.  A blood test showed that client had marijuana in his system along with low level of alcohol.  Client was charged with VC23125 (f) – Driving while under the combined influence of marijuana and alco[...]

DMV Administrative Driver License Suspension

If you have been arrested for DUI (driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more) you must take immediate action to protect your driving privilege. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will suspend your driver's license for a four (4) month period or longer depending on t[...]

Myths About DUI

Myth #1: It is illegal to drink and drive.:The Truth: It is NOT illegal to drink and then drive in California. It IS illegal to drive a vehicle while "under the influence" of alcohol and/or drugs (Vehicle Code 23152(a)).  It is also illegal to drive a vehicle while having a blood alcohol concen[...]

Under Age 21 DUI Arrest

Why Fight Under 21 Alcohol Arrest?: Most under age 21 alcohol arrests are for .01 blood alcohol concentration or greater.  In most of these arrests, the officer relies on an antiquated breath machine that uses fuel cell technology. There are many factors that can affect the accuracy of the result[...]

Field Sobriety Tests are a Fraud on the Public

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests - Why you should never do them: If a law enforcement officer  has reason to suspect that a person has been driving under the influence, the officer will likely ask the person to perform field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests are voluntary and no person is requi[...]

Avoid a DUI Conviction this Thanksgiving Holiday Season

This week I am taking a break from the Anatomy of a DUI series I’ve been writing. Instead this week I want to focus on some practical tips to avoid a DUI conviction. The one thing that comes along with the Thanksgiving Holiday season is a lot of social time with friends and family that usually inc[...]

Commercial License DUI - We Fought, He Kept His License

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client with a DMV class A commercial driver license and drove large semi- trucks cross country for his job. Client was driving his personal car and was stopped by officer for allegedly speeding (47 mph in a 40 zone).  Client was charged with VC23125[...]

Cheap DUI Attorney/Lawyer in Riverside, CA

Are you looking for a cheap DUI Attorney/Lawyer for DUI defense at the court and DMV located in Riverside? When searching for any service, including DUI Defense Attorneys/Lawyers, consumers often use price as a factor when determining what service they will ultimately use. Here is what you need to k[...]

My California DUI Attorney/Lawyer Wont Return my Calls

You select what you thought was a good attorney, the price was fair, the pitch they gave sounded perfect, but after they took your retainer fee they wont return any of your calls. You feel cheated and most importantly, you have no idea what is going on with your case. You are not alone and you have [...]

How to Choose a DUI Attorney/Lawyer in Riverside CA

You just got released from county jail and you have no idea where to start. There are deadlines for the court and the California DMV that have to be met, and typically have to be met within DAYS!!!. Here is what you need to know about finding the best DUi Attorney/Lawyer to get you through the proce[...]

Cost of a DUI Attorney/Lawyer in Riverside CA

Most people don't budget for a DUI in their expenses so when one happens they have no idea what they will pay for professional defense. If you want to know what a professional DUI Attorney/Lawyer is going to cost we break it down here.Price variations: There will be a range of prices you may find wh[...]

Spanish Speaking DUI Attorney/Lawyer in Riverside, CA

Working with a DUI attorney/Lawyer who doesn't speak your language can be hard. You have to trust that they are doing everything possible to defend against your DUI. If you are looking for a Spanish speaking DUI Attorney/Lawyer Manuel Barba can help. If you, or your family member or friend who need[...]

Español Hablando DUI Attorney / Abogado en Riverside , CA

Trabajar con un abogado de DUI / abogado que no habla su idioma puede ser difícil . Tienes que confiar en que están haciendo todo lo posible para defenderse de su DUI . Si usted está buscando un abogado de DUI de habla española / abogado Manuel Barba puede ayudar.[...]

DUI Charges Dismissed & Dropped to Reckless Driving

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was involved in a traffic collision. Client was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) - DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Rancho Cucamonga Court. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results[...]

Keep Your License after Joshua Tree DUI

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was under 21 years of age in Joshua Tree Court. He was charged with VC23136 -Under age 21 Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .01% or more. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results of .045%/.050% Blood [...]

DUI Charges Dismissed in El Monte Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a female client who was under 21 years of age in El Monte Court. She was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results of .0785%/.086% Bl[...]

DUI Dismissed in Indio Court

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was arrested for a DUI in Palm Desert and was charged with VC23125 (a) (b) -DUI and Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more in Indio Court. Client blew into a Preliminary Breath Test machine and had results of .092%/.09[...]

Another DUI Case Dropped - DUI Lawyer Wins Again

Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba represented a male client who was stopped for allegedly driving beyond “barriers” where the roadway had been closed trying to get home.   Client refused all chemical tests and field sobriety tests.  Client was charged with VC23125 (a) - Driving under the influ[...]

.35% BAC - Dui Defense Attorney Wins Another Jury Trial

The Law Offices of Manuel J. Barba recently represented a female client who was arrested for VC23152 (b) – driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more.  The prosecution’s blood test result was .35% blood alcohol concentration. This is far past the legal limit and also a co[...]

Determining a Driver's Blood Alcohol Level

Blood alcohol testing is an attempt by law enforcement to determine how much alcohol is in a driver's bloodstream. If a blood alcohol test result is 0.08% or higher, a driver is presumed to have violated the law (Vehicle Code 23152(b)). Keep in mind that the defense can present evidence, either thro[...]

Is DUI Prosecution Influenced by Politics?

There is a certain group of people, whether they are members of law enforcement or other government players, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), etc., that in essence want to see prohibition again, where it is illegal to drink alcohol, period. The reality is, even during prohibition in the United[...]

DUI Blood Alcohol Testing & How To Fight Them

A person's blood alcohol content can be determined by testing a sample of the person’s blood. Compared to a breath test, a blood test is generally a more accurate method to determine a person's blood alcohol concentration if the analysis is done correctly. However, blood alcohol analysis is a very[...]