DUI Accidents Articles

What Are Your Rights if Stopped at a DUI Checkpoint on Halloween Night?

If you're out driving California streets and roads on Halloween night, about the only thing that might be scarier than running into a ghost or goblin is encountering the dreaded California DUI Checkpoint and the prospect of spending a night in jail if you've been celebrating the holiday with your favorite pumpkin brew. Are these things even legal? The one question Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorneys are asked about…

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How Out-of-State Convictions for DUI Can Be Used in a California DUI Case

Driving under the influence is one of the most commonly committed crimes in the United States. It is a universal crime: drivers of any race, gender, education, nationality, or economic background could potentially commit the crime. Every state has its own laws to punish DUI convictions, as well as sentence enhancements for repeat offenders. What happens if you have a conviction in another state, and are arrested for a DUI…

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DUI Manslaughter or Vehicular Homicide

Though it is seen as a less serious charge than murder, manslaughter is a very serious crime in California that comes with severe penalties that may impact you for the rest of your life. Because so much of our time is spent driving, being involved in an automobile accident is a common occurrence on the busy roads of California. But what happens when you are involved in an accident where…

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Memorial Day Weekend and DUIs

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who died while serving this country. Yet, this somber occasion also marks for many people the unofficial beginning of summer, and so trips to the beach, pool parties, backyard barbeques, and consumption of alcohol are common during the extended weekend. There is a group of people, however, that does not take the weekend off, and this year, that group was as…

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Can I Get Credit for California DUI Classes in Another State?

Our clients often ask us for guidance in how to manage their lives following a conviction for a crime. One subject that frequently arises is how to deal with a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in California while living in another state. A common question is: Do classes that I took in California, where my DUI charge originated, transfer to another state? A California DUI Can Result in…

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Will Dash Cam Footage Hurt or Help Your DUI Case?

In the National Football League, coaches have the ability to throw a red flag to challenge a call on a play that just happened, and to ask the referee to review the video to clarify whether the correct decision was made. In some cases, an overturned call has drastically changed the outcome of a game, and the fortunes of the teams on the field. The same can happen with an…

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Dealing with a DUI Charge You Received at Coachella

The Coachella Valley in Riverside County host some of the most popular music festivals drawing in crowds from all over the world to party in the desert. This year, 99 arrests were made during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival’s opening weekend, with 90 percent of those arrests being for drug or alcohol-related offenses. What happens if you were arrested for DUI or received any other drug-related charges while visiting…

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The Cost of an Ignition Interlock Device (VC 23247)

On January 1, 2019, a new California law that requires anyone convicted of a DUI to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicles or risk losing their driving privileges. If you refuse to install an IID on your car after a DUI conviction, your driver’s license could be suspended or revoked for one year or longer. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23247, you must keep your IID installed…

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Distracted Driving Laws in California

Most people know that texting while driving is illegal in California. However, many people do not know that they don’t have to be in the act of texting to someone to violate California law. If you’re using your cellphone at all while driving, you could be cited. If you are applying makeup or changing clothes while driving, you could be cited. Let’s take a closer look at distracted driving laws…

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Can I Really Be Convicted Of A DUI For Taking Ambien Or Other Drugs My Doctor Prescribed For Me? (CVC 23152a)

You’re having trouble sleeping, so you go to your doctor and she prescribes you Ambien. Later that evening, you take a pill. Then, you realize you need to run a quick errand, so you get in your car and drive. Suddenly, you see flashing red lights behind you. You haven’t consumed any alcohol, but you are arrested for DUI. How could this be possible? Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152(f),…

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