A Guide to Search Results for "Drunk Driving Penalty" and "Drunk Driving Penalties"

The search term "drunk driving penalty" and "drunk driving penalties" are usually used by people who are looking for information about the laws in California concerning punishment for driving under the influence of alcohol, also known as "DUI" or "DWI" (driving while intoxicated). The laws in California applicable to "drunk driving" are harsh and extremely complex as to the procedures, evidence, punishment and administrative license suspensions; to make matters worse, normal constitutional protections often do not apply. The offense can consist of driving under the influence of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and drugs, which can be largely established with police opinion testimony, or it can consist of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08% or higher; in most cases, both offenses will be charged. Punishment involves a labarynth of statutes, requiring jail, fines, schools, license restrictions/suspensions, ignition interlock devices, vehicle forfeiture, probation, etc.; some can involve factual variables triggering so-called "enhancements", which increase the sentence. Separate from the criminal proceedings, the arrestee has the right to demand a hearing to contest the administrative suspension of his or her driver's license.

Are you looking for information about drunk driving penalties?

  • State Drunk Driving Laws
    Summary chart of drunk driving penalties by state, provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Costs of Drunk Driving
    Discussion of penalties and other consequences of drunk driving, from About.com.
  • Sentencing Chart
    Minimum DUI penalties state-by-state, from the National Council of State Legislatures.
  • State Drunk Driving Laws
    Provisions and issues relating to state laws.
  • DUI Blog
    Commentary on the defects, fallacies and Constitutional damage of the "war on drunk driving".

Are you looking for information about California drunk driving penalties?

  • California DUI
    An excellent general overview of California's DUI laws, police procedures, license suspensions, DUI lawyers, car insurance, etc.
  • The Drunk Driving Law Center
    Megasite for lawyers and the public; emphasis on California.

Are you looking for information about DUI penalties in other states?

Are you looking for a California attorney who specializes in drunk driving defense?

  • California DUI
    Good discussion of the factors to consider in looking for a lawyer to represent you, including recommendations as to the best DUI attorneys in California.
  • California DUI Attorney
    Top-rated 8 attorney Southern California firm; practice limited to DUI exclusively.

Are you looking for social/political information about "drunk driving penalties"?

  • MADD
    Homesite for "Mothers Against Drunk Driving".
  • DUI Gulag
    "Virtual prohibition in the new millenium": political commentary from the anti-MADD advocates.
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