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  • Penalties for Under-21 DUI

    In California, the legal drinking age is 21, which means consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years old is illegal – except if the underage drinker is calling to report a medical emergency affecting another underage drinker. Since underage drinkers are responsible for a high amount of alcohol-related vehicle fatalities, the standards and penalties are more severe for those under 21. The ...
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  • Types of Field Sobriety Tests

    What are Field Sobriety Tests? Field sobriety tests are commonly used by police officers in order to properly determine drunk driving cases. However, these tests are often subjective and unreliable. The main purpose for law enforcement to implement these tests is to gather evidence against you and prove you demonstrated impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. Types of Field Sobriety Tests There ...
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  • Cops Cracking Down on Holiday DUIs

    The holiday season means holiday parties, many of which involve alcohol, which also means a significant increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. To protect drivers, limit accidents, and make the roads safer for everyone, police crack down on drunk drivers, putting many of their various strategies for catching these drivers to work. On this blog, we examine the methods you can ...
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  • California Prop 64 Passes, Now What?

    On November 8 th , California voters passed Proposition 64, meaning adults aged 21 or over will have the right to purchase, consume and even cultivate small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes. For those who have been advocating for legalization of the substance, this is a monumental victory. However, one of the big arguments against the proposition was that the law did not have a ...
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  • Don't Drink & Drive This Halloween

    The Halloween holiday usually means a collection of enjoyable festivities, many of which involve alcohol. Because of this, police frequently step up their efforts to get drunk drivers off the roads, either through drunk driving checkpoints, increased patrol presence, and a number of other techniques. October DUI Charges Because holiday parties frequently occur all throughout October, police ...
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  • The 119th Anniversary of the First DUI Arrest

    September 10 th may seem like any other day, but what many people do not know is that September 10 th , 2016 marks the 119 th anniversary of the first recorded DUI arrest. In the many years since, the public attitude towards the crime as well as the legislation behind it have both evolved, and led to the creation of modern technology which has made detecting and charging perpetrators easier. The ...
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  • The History & Future of the Breathalyzer: Part II

    In the first part of our blog examining the history and development of both the breathalyzer and DUI law, we examined some of the earliest technologies for determining blood-alcohol levels, and how many of them were in no way competent enough to adequately prove that someone behind the wheel was too inebriated to drive. Combined with a generally-relaxed attitude towards drunk drivers from both the ...
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  • The History & Future of the Breathalyzer: Part I

    Driving under the influence has a major stigma as an immoral and dangerous action that should be heavily punished upon a guilty verdict. This is questioned by almost nobody today, as studies have demonstrated the inherent danger in drunk driving and proven it with statistics such as injuries and deaths it has caused. This makes it somewhat mind-blowing to think that this wasn’t always the case; in ...
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  • Driving After a DUI Conviction

    The penalties for a DUI conviction can be substantial, however the extended consequences beyond those mandated by law can be equally, if not more impactful. When you are found guilty of a DUI in California, your drivers’ license will automatically be suspended for a period of four months for a first offense. This lack of transportation can cause some people to lose their jobs, lose the ability to ...
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  • Five Hilarious DUI Arrests

    Alcohol can make people do some strange things. When this is the case, the police are often notified, and in some cases the ensuing story is one that can be weird, odd, and sometimes downright hilarious. While you should always take a DUI charge seriously and retain legal representation from a Los Angeles DUI attorney as soon as possible, it’s perfectly okay to learn from the mistakes of others, ...
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  • Fourth of July DUI Arrests

    The 4 th of July is always a festive holiday in the United States, filled with barbecues, fireworks, and joyous celebration on a warm summer day, all potentially involving a few alcoholic beverages. However, what most people often forget is the 4 th of July is one of the holidays when police crackdown heavily on driving under the influence due to a large number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. ...
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  • Can You Get a DUI on a Bicycle?

    It’s commonly known that operating a motor vehicle, such as a car, commercial truck, or motorcycle, is illegal while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people do not realize is that it is likewise illegal to ride a bicycle while under the influence, otherwise known as a CUI charge, described California Vehicle Code section 21200.5. While the laws for both a CUI and a DUI ...
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  • Roger Clinton Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in California

    Roger Clinton, half-brother of former President Bill Clinton, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday night. He was released on Monday morning after posting $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court in September. The indictment and court hearing provides a public relations headache to former President Clinton’s wife Hillary, who is in the midst of her own presidential ...
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  • Citizens Protected by California Look-Back Period

    A DUI conviction carries serious penalties, and if you are unfortunate enough to be found guilty and have to go through the legal repercussions once, you likely never want to have to do it again. That may be for the best, since the penalties for a second DUI conviction get even more severe and can include the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your car in addition to larger ...
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  • Police Using Probable Cause This Cinco de Mayo

    You’re driving home from a night out with friends at a brewery when suddenly blue and red lights appear in your rear view mirror and a booming voice tells you to pull your car over to the side of the road. The officer who approaches your window mentions that he saw you swerving in your lane a fair amount and asks you if you’ve had anything to drink that evening. Upon answering truthfully and ...
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  • Here's Why DUI Charges Are Worth Fighting

    Too often, drivers accused of drunk driving feel that they are convicted of a crime before they even appear in court. They blew a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) number that was over the limit and they might as well accept their punishment. A recent—and bizarre—story from North Carolina, however, illustrates just how important fighting a DUI charge can be. As The News & Observer reports , Deputy ...
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  • Understanding California's "Look-Back" Period

    In California, repeat DUI offenses can lead to more severe criminal penalties. This a reality for countless accused who find themselves being charged with their second, third, or even fourth DUI. These mandatory enhancement laws are meant to act as a deterrent to repeat offenders... but only apply to prior DUI convictions up to a certain point. That's because California, like many other states, ...
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  • Will Ignition Interlock Devices Become Mandatory in California?

    Will ignition interlock devices become a mandatory part of every DUI conviction? That is the proposed new law outlined in California Senate Bill 1046—which is currently moving through the state legislature. The bill has received aggressive support from activists, including Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). As Bakersfield Now reports , the organization is trying to raise awareness for the bill ...
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  • Will The Judge Go Easy On Me For a First-Time DUI?

    Most people who are arrested for DUI do not have a prior DUI conviction, nor do they have a criminal record. As a result, these individuals often think that judges and prosecutors will “go easy” on them with lighter punishments, or a slap on the wrist. In reality this is rarely true, and even first time offenders will face some very serious consequences if convicted. Arrested for DUI? Call us ...
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  • Colorado Officials Finds Anomalies in DUI Blood Tests

    Many people assume that chemical BAC test results are always accurate, but these tests are actually prone to a wide range of potential issues that can impact the results. Although blood tests are considered to be the most accurate form of blood alcohol testing, Colorado state officials have discovered anomalies in dozens of test results. Fight back against DUI charges. Call our Los Angeles DUI ...
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  • 5 Questions To Ask Your Los Angeles DUI Lawyer

    Arrested for DUI? Our Los Angeles DUI attorneys are ready to fight tirelessly for you in court. Call today to schedule your free consultation . 1. Do You Focus Solely On DUI? There are a large number of law firms in L.A., many of whom will gladly take your DUI case. However, many of these lawyers are inexperienced with DUI, and many others focus their practice on other areas like divorce and ...
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  • When Does a DUI Become a Felony?

    When you’re arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, you will typically be facing misdemeanor charges. While these are still very serious offenses, they can be elevated to a felony charge depending on the unique circumstances of your case. If you’re facing felony DUI charges, you need aggressive, knowledgeable defense to protect your rights and freedom. At Hutton & Wilson, Los Angeles’ premier DUI defense ...
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  • Why is Commercial DUI So Serious

    In California (and many other states across the nation) DUI is treated very seriously, and carries some very real penalties. This is especially true for those who hold commercial driver’s licenses, as they are subject to a lower blood alcohol content threshold, and face far more severe consequences. Arrested for DUI? Take control of the situation with help from our Los Angeles DUI lawyers at ...
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  • Goldilocks & the Three Los Angeles DUI Lawyers

    In this blog, we take a lighthearted look at the factors you should consider when looking for a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney. To learn how we can help defend you against charges, call our firm today at (626) 587-2220. The year is 2015, and Goldilocks is several decades removed from her run-in with the infamous bears. After leaving a dinner with her coworkers at the porridge factory, Goldilocks ...
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  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About DUI

    DUI is one of the most commonly committed misdemeanor offenses, and as a result there is a lot of misinformation out there. In this blog, our Los Angeles DUI lawyers discuss five lesser known facts about DUI law. If you’re facing any type of DUI charge, contact our firm today for the tough, aggressive defense you need. 1. Breathalyzer Tests Are Often Beatable One of the most common myths about DUI ...
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