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Is your state's Breathalyzer program up to snuff?

The accuracy of your blood alcohol testing results can be key to fighting drunk driving charges in California. An example out of Colorado is helping defendants statewide create more effective DUI defense strategies after a laboratory technician's surprising revelation. Official reports show that thousands of drunk driving convictions in that state could be overturned because the technician's signature was repeatedly forged, stating that the Breathalyzers were certified when they had not been calibrated.

Can I be arrested for a DUI if I'm high, not drunk?

Did you know that driving under the influence of drugs is considered to be just as serious of an offense as driving while drunk? In California, you may be required to mount a DUI defense because you were allegedly driving while high. In addition, you could be arrested for "driving while addicted to a drug," according to California law.

DUI allegations could cost Uber, drivers

Can a history of drunk driving affect your ability to participate in the California gig economy? We have written in the past about the ways in which a conviction for driving under the influence can compromise your professional licensure - but so much more depends on the success of your criminal DUI defense. That was demonstrated in April by the punishment levied upon gig economy staple Uber, which has been accused of failing to vet those who have been accused of drunk driving.

Can you lose your professional license because of DUI penalties?

Did you know that drunk driving convictions can compromise your ability to keep your professional licensure? Whether you are a real estate agent, physician, attorney, teacher or other certified/licensed professional, your job could be at stake if you do not mount an effective DUI defense. Drunk driving is a particularly touchy subject for many of these professionals, who are often subject to censure for other misdemeanor and felony allegations, as well.

California man mounts DUI defense in ninth case

A California man is facing his ninth DUI charge in the past six years after an incident in late January in which he allegedly smashed his vehicle into a high-voltage box in Placentia. The man, age 51, is among the estimated one-third of alleged drunk drivers that find themselves mounting multiple DUI defense efforts. He is accused of throwing liquor bottles from his vehicle in the aftermath of the collision, according to official reports.

Driver mounts DUI defense against caffeine-related charges

A California man who was facing DUI charges because of driving under the influence of caffeine has been cleared of all allegations. The bizarre DUI defense case began with the man's arrest in August 2015, when he was pulled over by police officers who thought he was driving recklessly. The defendant was accused of erratic driving, and officers' sworn statements indicate that the driver was acting as though he was under the influence of a stimulant.

DUI defense applies to California boaters, too

When we think of DUI, we often only imagine the defendant behind the wheel of a car -- but did you know that boating under the influence is also a significant issue in California? Boaters who are accused of imbibing behind the wheel can benefit from DUI defense, just like those who are facing charges because they were operating a car or truck. Many of the same principles are used to convict or exonerate boaters who are accused of operating a vehicle while drunk. Here's what you need to know about BUI charges.

Understanding California field sobriety tests

Almost every driver in California knows about the existence of field sobriety tests. What you might not know is that these tests are not 100 percent accurate. In most cases, a field sobriety test is far less reliable than tests that check for a driver's blood alcohol concentration via science. These include breathalyzer tests and blood tests.

Breathalyzers may be wildly inaccurate

A blood test can be used to get a very accurate blood alcohol concentration reading. However, blood tests are invasive and harder to carry out, so police departments have decided instead to rely on Breathalyzers, or breath tests. These also measure BAC, and, over the years, people have come to accept that they're accurate.

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