In California, it is a crime to operate a vehicle or vessel (boat) if you are under the influence of drugs or if you have a blood alcohol content equal to or greater than .08 percent. California Vehicle Code Section 23153(a) states that it is unlawful for any person, while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.
California Vehicle Code Section 23153(a) will come into play if you are involved in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol and someone (besides you) was injured. You can be charged with a violation of Section 23153(a) if a passenger in your car is injured or if someone in another vehicle is injured. You may also be charged with a violation of 23153(a) if you neglect a duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle. This means that if are in an automobile collision (and there are no injuries besides your injuries) and then leave the scene of the accident, you can be charged with a violation of Section 23153(a) because in California, it is a crime to flee/leave the scene of an accident.
DUI cases are very serious in California and it is important to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney to defend your rights. The experienced San Diego DUI defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have the skills and expertise to provide you with the best possible defense. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience handling DUI matters and are well versed in DUI law. If you or a loved one has been charged with a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 23153(a) you should call an experienced attorney at Wallin & Klarich immediately. Contact our aggressive attorneys today by calling (877) 466-5245 for more information. We will be there when you call.