The number of DUI arrests in San Diego this weekend are down from the ones made in 2015 over the Fourth of July weekend. It is excellent that California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other citizens are seeing a decrease in the number of lives affected by this crime that can lead to many dangerous situations. Officers have arrested an alarming 42 people for driving under the influence between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday, which is already less than previous years. For instance, in 2015 officers arrested 47 people over the entirety of these weekend days. One person even died in one of these crashes, whereas no lives were lost in accidents this year. Across the state in 2015, 803 people were arrested for the DUI crime while 673 were arrested this year.
This year, it is important to remember your safety as well as the safety of others and never drive behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. However, mistakes will be made and accidents will happen as a result. What options do you have when you have been arrested for this crime?
DUI – Knowing the Laws
You should always know what to do if you drive under the influence and are arrested for the crime. You may not have known it, but DUI is actually one of the most well-known offenses involving alcohol and so police officers are always out targeting the streets of San Diego at all times of the year looking for offenders who are putting their lives at risk as well as the lives of others. It is important for you to remember that, if you are arrested for this crime, the prosecution must take many factors into consideration before you receive your final sentencing. They must have a specific burden of proof that your ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication in order for you to be found guilty.
You may be found guilty of DUI just because you were slightly impaired as you were driving. Let’s say you were at an Independence Day party and you got behind the wheel of your vehicle and drove home after a glass of wine, thinking that you wouldn’t be impaired. The results from your DUI come back and say that you were actually not over the legal limit; however, your driving was still impaired. In many cases in California, this could still lead to a charge if you were driving erratically or somebody was injured as a result of your negligence.
The best thing that you can remember in any DUI incident is that having an attorney on your side is your best bet at retaining many of your rights. A defense attorney can give you strong answers regarding your DUI, like what you should do and what your options are after you have received a charge. A skilled attorney may be able to keep you from receiving charges at all, or lessen those charges based on the circumstances surrounding your case. The best thing you can do is give one a call today. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we are there for you. Call us today to find out more.