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What Signs Do Police Look For in Making DUI Arrests?

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As with all other criminal offenses, prosecutors must be able to prove a DUI charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Thus, officers do want to be careful to collect as much evidence as possible at the time of a DUI arrest to assist prosecutors in meeting this high standard. In...
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Can I Get a DUI if I Pass a Sobriety Test but Fail a Breathalyzer Test?

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You’ve had a few drinks one night when you see the red and blue lights of a police car in your rearview mirror. What happens next can have enormous consequences for your finances, your future, and even your freedom as the police officer approaches and gathers evidence, to the...
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Most Common Reasons People are Pulled Over for DUIs

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Police departments and state governments across the country have increasingly cracked down on drinking and driving over the past several decades, and nowhere is that more the case than right here in California. As you most likely know, the police can arrest you for a DUI in...
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New Marijuana Breathalyzers Being Tested in California

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The “breathalyzer” – first introduced as a way to test for alcohol intoxication in the 1960s and made widely available by the end of the 1970s – radically changed the way law enforcement across the US patrolled drunk driving, giving police officers immediate evidence...
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What is the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI?

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Every driver in California has likely heard the terms “DUI” and “DWI” around and understood that they refer to criminal prohibitions against intoxicated driving. And most people understand that DUI stands for “driving under the influence” while DWI stands for “driving while...
What Are My Rights at a DUI Checkpoint in California?

What Are My Rights at a DUI Checkpoint in California?

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In a previous blog post, we talked about your rights before you pull up to a DUI checkpoint in California. As explained there, DUI sobriety checkpoints are considered constitutional in California — 11 states consider them unconstitutional under state or federal law —...
What are my rights before I pull up to a DUI checkpoint?

What are my rights before I pull up to a DUI checkpoint?

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Why are there DUI or Sobriety Checkpoints? The California Highway Patrol is authorized to conduct sobriety checkpoint inspections under California Vehicle Code 2814.2 VC. The purpose of the checkpoints is to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the state’s highways, and thereby...
How to Handle Yourself at a DUI Checkpoint to Avoid Trouble

How to Handle Yourself at a DUI Checkpoint to Avoid Trouble

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DUI checkpoints have been in existence for over 25 years in various states. Proponents have argued that it has been effective in reducing alcohol-related traffic fatalities while opponents have and continue to rage against its constitutionality. Since law enforcement is normally...
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