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The difference between misdemeanor and felony drunk driving

If you're been recently charged with driving under the influence (DUI), in researching the penalties associated with the crime, you might have found that a misdemeanor generally results in a lesser sentence than a felony one. You may have wondered why you were charged with one crime versus the other.

Van Nuys drunk driver charged in accident that killed baby

Prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office have charged a 25-year-old North Druid Hills man with murder for his role in causing a head-on crash that killed an unborn fetus in an accident that seriously injured its mother. It's believed that the man's intoxication from alcohol is responsible for having caused him to lose control of his vehicle, resulting in the crash.

DUI accident ends in 30-years to life sentence for Van Nuys man

A 43-year-old Van Nuys resident, who has twice been convicted of DUI previously, was sentenced on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to a minimum of 30-years to as much as life in California state prison. On Dec. 19, 2016, he was convicted of both gross intoxicated manslaughter and second-degree murder for having been drunk while driving when he struck the car of a 62-year-old man and his wife on June 20, 2015, an accident in which they both lost their lives.

What constitutes DUI and its related punishments in California?

When it comes to being stopped on suspicion for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in California, unfortunately it's probably one of the worst states where you could be stopped for such an offense. That's because California is notorious for having among the most stringent of DUI laws in the entire county.

Marijuana intoxicated drivers and DUIs

Now that people in Van Nuys have the right to use marijuana recreationally, there is growing concern about how it can affect their ability to drive. Driving while under the influence of any drug, including marijuana, is a crime. People who use marijuana and drive should make themselves aware of the potential consequences they face.

New DUI-related unit started in Los Angeles County

California’s recent vote in favor of marijuana legalization has many ramifications. So, it could have many impacts on law enforcement conduct and tactics in the state. And this is not just the case for drug enforcement. It could also have implications related to DUI enforcement.

Factors that may impact the accuracy of a breath test

If you have ever had a drink or two during a night out or at a sports event and have seen blue lights spinning in your rearview mirror, you know just how unnerving such an experience can be. If, after pulling your car over to the side of the road, authorities believe you may have consumed enough alcohol to exceed the legal limit, you can expect to be asked to take a breath test or a test used to determine your perceived level of impairment at the wheel.

Can a DUI be expunged from your record?

A driving under the influence (DUI) arrest or conviction can be devastating to many areas of your life. Aside from having to pay all the court fees associated with a DUI, you could have your license suspended and maybe even serve some jail time. A DUI arrest or conviction will make it difficult to pass a background check which creates issues finding a steady job.

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