When you have a conviction for driving under the influence on your California record, you can expect it to impact many aspects of your life, from your ability to get to and from work to your bank account. At Ernenwein & Johnson, LLP, we recognize that, depending on circumstances, you may need to install an ignition interlock device on your car, truck or van in the wake of a DUI, and that you may need to keep it on there for up to four years.
While it is no secret that a California driving under the influence conviction will cost you a substantial amount of money, many people who receive first-time convictions for DUI do not realize just how much of a financial toll the conviction will take. California drivers with DUIs can expect to pay significant fines and related expenses after receiving convictions for their crimes, and they can also anticipate seeing some of the highest automotive insurance rate hikes in the nation.
If you have ever been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in California, you may have been asked to take a roadside breath test. Law enforcement officers use these tests to determine whether drivers are driving with a blood alcohol level that is above the legal limit of 0.08%. The problem lies in the fact that breath tests may not give accurate and reliable results.
When you anticipate drinking at the party you plan on attending, the first thing you should do is to make arrangements to have someone else give you a ride back home. You have many options in California including asking a friend who plans to remain sober, planning to use a rideshare company or even planning to stay the evening at the place where the party is happening. While taking a few drinks and then driving yourself home may not seem too harmful at first, drinking and driving can immediately endanger your life and those around you.