DUI and DWI Charges – San Diego Criminal Law Info
Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) both refer to drunk driving charges that people receive while they are operating a vehicle. These can range in seriousness depending on the circumstances of the DUI / DWI arrest, and if any prior DUI /DWI convictions are involved. Below is a general overview of DUI and DWI cases and how Randy M. Grossman, an experienced criminal law attorney based in San Diego, can assist you in these types of cases.
About DUI / DWI Charges
In California, you are over the legal limit if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or more. An arrest for drunk driving can occur after being pulled over by an officer and failing a breathalyzer test or field sobriety test, or it may occur following a motor vehicle collision when an officer arrives on the scene to assess the situation. Penalties for DUI / DWI may include a fine, jail time, driver’s license restriction, suspension of your driver’s license, and mandatory attendance of a drug/alcohol program.
Misdemeanor DUI / DWI and Felony DUI / DWI
A DUI /DWI arrest may be classified as a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge depending on the circumstances of your arrest. In general, most DUI / DWI arrests that do not involve an accident or do not involve a repeat DUI arrest are misdemeanor DUIs. If a drunk driving arrest occurs after an injury accident (whether with another vehicle or a pedestrian), or if the arrest is the fourth DUI arrest in a 10-year period, it is classified as a felony DUI.
After a DUI / DWI Charge – How a Criminal Law Attorney Can Help
In the event of a DUI /DWI charge, you should contact Randy M. Grossman, a San Diego-based criminal defense lawyer. Mr. Grossman will be able to represent you at both the DMV hearing as well as with your criminal DUI case. He will examine the police report and construct the best possible argument on your behalf regarding your DUI case. This may include an analysis of the accuracy of the breathalyzer, the fairness of issuing a field sobriety test, and other matters.