DUI FAQs

How can a DUI defense attorney help?

A DUI defense attorney in southern California can help you defend your rights in a DUI case. Unlike a general attorney, a DUI defense attorney like Dan E. Chambers has specific experience in the technical aspects of DUI cases and knows how to successfully challenge...

Can the police officer take my license?

State law in California gives police the authority to take your drivers license and issue you a notice of suspension if you fail a chemical test. Many people find this surprising because in effect a penalty is being assessed before you are proven guilty in court....

Who can be stopped for DUI?

Anyone can be arrested for DUI, regardless of the original reason that the police officer stopped the car. In general, a police officer has to have probable cause to stop a vehicle, meaning the officer must identify a traffic violation, vehicle equipment safety...

What should I do if I’m stopped for DUI?

Be polite and courteous to the police, but know that the law protects you from incriminating yourself. So if the police officer asks whether you’ve been drinking, you don’t have to admit it. You don’t want to lie either—your best bet is to say you want to speak to an...

What is DUI?

DUI, or driving under the influence, is defined as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, or while under the influence of legal or illegal drugs that impair your driving ability.  

Do I have to take a PAS test?

No, you do not have to take a PAS (handheld breathalyzer) test unless you are under 21 or on probation for a previous DUI. However, if you refuse the test you can still be arrested and taken to the police station, where you will have to take a blood or breath...

What are the penalties for DUI?

The penalties for a DUI conviction will vary according to the particulars of your case. At minimum, you can expect: DMV license suspension A fine of approximately $2,000 3, 6, 9 or months of DUI class 3 to 5 years of probation Jail time depending on the specifics of...
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