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California Drunk Driving Laws

There are hundreds of laws in California that relate to drunk driving and driving under the influence, but there are two main statutes that directly relate to DUI and drunk driving offenses:

  • It is a misdemeanor under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • It is a misdemeanor to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more, according to the California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (b)

DUI LawsA person arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Orange County will most likely be charged with both these misdemeanors and may be convicted on both charges, but not punished for both offenses. If there is no blood, breath or urine test results available because the accused person refused to take those tests, he or she will be charged only with driving under the influence, but the penalties are likely to be more severe. Other provisions of the California Vehicle Code that relate to Orange County DUIs include matters such as suspension of driver's license, penalties and fines. Charges will rise to the level of felonies almost always when a drunk driver allegedly causes injuries.

If you or someone you know has a DUI or drunk driving case in Orange County and needs legal counsel or assistance, please call the experienced dui defense lawyers at Coffey & Coffey today toll free at 1-800-706-7888, or follow the link to our online contact form and schedule your free initial consultation.

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