Are You Facing DUI Charges?

By Michael V. Severo  Nov. 15, 2010 4:50p

Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, or DUI, is a very concerning situation to be caught in. California has extremely strict intoxicated driving laws; some of the harshest in the entire United States in fact. You will be facing very serious penalties including jail or prison time, enormous fines, license suspension or revocation and many other harsh penalties. For those with previous DUI convictions on their criminal record, these punishments can become much worse, resulting in a seriously burdened life in the future of the convicted defendant. If you are facing criminal charges for driving under the influence, it is highly advisable to seek the legal aid of an experienced Pasadena DUI lawyer.

Law enforcement officers determine that a driver is intoxicated and establish probable cause for an arrest with several tests, which are standardized and regularly used by police officers. There are three different forms of testing that officers will generally use. These consist of: Breathalyzer tests, which detect alcohol levels by testing a driver's breath. Blood tests, which actually test a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) through lab testing, to determine if their blood contains amounts of alcohol that exceed the legal limit of .08 percent. The final set of tests is called field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests help officers determine if a person's physical and mental abilities are impaired, even if a person passes the breath or blood tests. These test for balance, coordination, concentration ability, and many other factors. If a person fails, an officer can arrest them and charge them for DUI.

DUI Lawyer in Pasadena

The tests used to determine if a driver is intoxicated or impaired are not infallible. Mistakes can be made in the administering or maintenance of the testing equipment, which can lead to false or inaccurate testing results. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for DUI, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Michael V. Severo. We have the legal experience and understanding of DUI laws to help fight your evidence and can offer you the best chance at defeating the prosecution and having your charges dismissed.

Contact a Pasadena DUI Attorney at our offices today to begin building the defense your case needs.

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