DUI MYTHS & FACTS

Myth No. 1 – Alcohol on breath is a reliable sign of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol is actually odorless. What officers perceive as alcohol on breath is actually an odor of the beverage. For example, a person who will drink a non-alcoholic margarita or beer, will have the same smell on his or her breath as a person who drank an alcoholic beverage of the same kind.

Myth No. 2 – Breathalyzers and other breath tests are accurate. Actually, without proper maintenance these devices can show a misreading unto 20% higher than your actual blood alcohol level. Anything from mouthwash, to chewing gun, mints and energy drinks may affect the blood alcohol content or BAC reading of the devise.

Myth No. 3 – Police officers cannot influence BAC reading. The alcohol concentration changes considerably during breathing. The last part of the breath can contain over 50% above the actual BAC. Peace officers know this, that is why they tell you to blow harder for a long period of time. That way they get the last part of the breath containing a higher BAC.

Myth No. 4 – If I want to challenge by DUI charge I am going to have to take it to trial. In reality less than 10% of DUI cases actually end up in trial with a jury present. The prosecutor has a ton of work and is willing to negotiate a plea bargain, that will make his job easier. However they know you do not know the law and will not offer you anything worth taking. An aggressive representation can get you a plan of action which will result in a lesser sentence, less fines, less headache.

Myth No. 5 – I drank, I drove, therefore I am guilty. Drinking and driving is not against the law. Drunk driving is. The State of California defines drunk driving when you BAC is .08 or above. If you are over 21 and your blood alcohol level is below .08, you committed no crime.

Myth No. 6 – A lawyer cannot help me, they only charge money. Quite to the contrary. Having knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive representation can reduce your sentence and minimize exposure. When hiring a Sacramento California DUI attorney there should be no hidden fees. Even if it is a flat fee contract read it slowly and carefully and make sure you understand every part of what you are signing.

To protect your rights and improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome for your case, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced DUI attorney.

UNDER 21 DUI

The State of California has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to driving while intoxicated for individuals who are under 21 years of age.

What that means for you is that if you are under 21 and there is any amount of alcohol in your system, even as little as 0.01% blood alcohol content or BAC level, you will be arrested and charged. Continue reading “UNDER 21 DUI”

ASSAULT & BATTERY

Most domestic battery arrests occur in the home, and most simple non-domestic battery arrests occur in bars or public places. Regardless of the type of battery, they both usually begin by someone calling the police on a recorded 911 call. In many instances the “victim” does not want to have the Defendant arrested. Continue reading “ASSAULT & BATTERY”

WHAT DO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED?

What should you do if you are ever arrested? The first thing is to stay calm and obey all of the police officer’s instructions – even if you feel that you have done nothing wrong and that the arrest is unlawful. You don’t need to have actually committed a crime to be arrested; the officer needs to have only probable cause to arrest you. And the penalty for resisting arrest can be much more serious than that for the charge on which you were arrested originally. Continue reading “WHAT DO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED?”

STATEMENT REGARDING PURE FOREST INVESTIGATION

Pure Forest LLC is a family run company that provides reforestation and other related services to several clients on the West Coast. Recently, Jeff Wadsworth and Owen Wadsworth, the managers and operators of the company, were served with a law suit filed by a few disgruntled former employees. The civil suit alleges several acts of mistreatment and abuse. As a result of these allegations, a federal investigation was initiated. Continue reading “STATEMENT REGARDING PURE FOREST INVESTIGATION”