This Informational Guide is brought to you by the authors of California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume treatise referred commonly to by lawyers as "the Bible of DUI Defense in California."
SONOMA DUI LAW CENTER
An Informational Guide to Drunk Driving
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Possible DUI Charges and Punishment
The Sonoma “Driving Under The Influence” Law Center operates to provide helpful guidance to persons arrested and facing potential criminal charges in the Sonoma County Superior Court for drunk driving offenses.
Though the State of California establishes laws pertaining to DUI (referred to in other states variously as DWI / OWI / OUI / OMVI) the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has some very unique prosecution polices and sentencing positions concerning plea bargaining, reduced charges, jail incarceration, adult work offender program, fines, license suspensions, license restrictions, drinking driver schools, and probation terms.
REMEMBER, AN ARREST IS NOT A CONVICTION.
California’s Drunk Driving Laws
If somebody other than the driver was even slightly injured, thecharges may be elevated to felonies under CVC sections 23153(a) and 23153(b). If somebody is killed in a DUI related offense, the charges can be “vehicular manslaughter” under California Penal Code sections 191.5 and 192. An experienced DUI attorney can often get felony charges reduced to misdemeanors.
PUNISHMENT: Various statutes in the vehicle code can be used to enhance the punishment for a DUI offense. Some of these include: (a) Refusing a chemical test; (b) Having a child under 14 in the car; (c) Having one or more prior convictions for an alcohol related driving offense; (d) Having an alcohol level of .20 or greater; (e) Driving in a double fine zone; and (f) Injury to more than one person.
The potential punishment for a DUI conviction in California can range from local jail to state prison, along with mandatory attendance at a drinking driver program, probation, loss of license, and many other conditions (including residential treatment).
For additional information on DUI laws, you may wish to visit the following sites: