Driving Under the Influence

What is Driving Under the Influence?

Driving under the influence ("DUI") means that you are driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. You are considered impaired if you cannot multitask- mentally or physically- as this an essential skill as a driver. For example, a driver approaching a stop light is expected to see the stop light, use his hands to steer within one lane, and use his foot to press the breaks, all at the same time.

What are the Consequences?

The District Attorney will charge you with a DUI if you performed poorly on the field sobriety tests given to you by the police officer or gave a blood sample that showed the presence of drugs or alcohol. The consequences that you face depend on the amount of alcohol or drugs found in your blood, why you were stopped (ie: headlight versus collision), and whether you have any prior DUI offenses. Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors [1] unless you have three prior convictions within ten years. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be charged with enhancements[2] that increase the penalty in your case.

How We Can Help You

If you want to win your DUI case, Lavy Law is the best firm to help you. As a past prosecutor who has handled a multitude of DUI cases, we know how to get your charge dismissed or reduced. As a trial attorney who has won 100% of DUI cases at trial with every kind of defense, we know how to win your case before a jury or judge. As a counselor at law who has helped many clients with drug and alcohol addictions through connecting them with community resources, we know how to empower you during this intimidating process like a coach would during a game.

We urge you to read our Recent Cases to see that we have won a case just like yours.

If are you being accused of a driving under the influence offense, Contact Us for a free consultation.


[1] A misdemeanor is defined as a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by one year or less in local county jail.

[2] Enhancements exist for the following circumstances: (1) excessive blood alcohol of .15% or more, (2) excessive blood alcohol of .20% or more, (3) prior DUI conviction within ten years, (4) prior felony DUI within 10 years, (5) child in the car, (6) refusal to do a chemical test, (7) speeding 20 mph or more on the street or 30 mph or more on freeway, (8) DUI in highway construction or maintenance zone, (9) DUI in safety enhancement zone (ie: Golden Gate Bridge).

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