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San Jose CA DUI defense attorneyAlcohol has long been used for its intoxicating effects. In ancient times, alcohol was even consumed in religious and spiritual practices. Now, it is used recreationally as a beverage that allows you to relax and have a good time. 

Those of legal drinking age have a responsibility to refrain from driving while inebriated. In California, the legal limit for driving is a BAC of less than .08. Anything more than that and you can face legal consequences in the form of a DUI. However, alcohol often affects one’s body at levels under BAC .08. If you drink alcohol, you should familiarize yourself with these different stages.

Effects of Different BAC Levels

  • .02: At this point, it is not really apparent that you have consumed alcohol. You will have a slight loss of judgment, but for the most part you will just be relaxed and euphoric. You may also feel slightly warm. You will experience a decline in your ability to multi-task and your visual capabilities will be lessened.
  • .05: At this level, you will have similar symptoms as the previous level, but they will be exaggerated and more apparent. You may feel much more relaxed and have impaired judgment and lower alertness. If you are driving with this BAC, you will have less coordination, difficulty steering and reduced response time.
  • .08: This BAC level is over the legal limit for driving a motor vehicle. At this level, your speech may become slurred, your balance, vision and reaction time will be impaired, and it will be harder for you to detect danger. You may also find that your self-control will be impaired, especially when it comes to maintaining your speed, and you will also experience a reduction in information processing.
  • .10: At this point, you are clearly intoxicated. Your reaction time and control are poor, as well as your coordination. Your ability to stay in your lane and brake correctly are impaired. 
  • .15: This level of intoxication begins the messy and unfun stage of being drunk. You will have far less muscle control than normal and you may even throw up. Your ability to drive will be severely impaired and you will experience a significant difficulty in paying attention to the road.

Are You Facing California DUI Charges?

If you have been charged with a DUI, you need the immediate help of a skilled San Jose, CA DUI defense attorney. At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we can provide you with aggressive representation and fight to get you the best outcome possible. Contact our office at 408-246-5500 to set up a free consultation.

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San Jose DUI defense attorneys, aggravated drivingUnder California law, what is the difference between driving under the influence (DUI) and aggravated driving under the influence? Aggravated driving under the influence is often talked about as if it were a separate offense. However, in reality it is simply a type of DUI under California law.

When a person is convicted of driving under the influence in California, the court will consider both mitigating and aggravating factors when deciding how the offender will be punished. An aggravated DUI in California is therefore a drunk driving offense involving one or more aggravating factors considered at sentencing.

Aggravating Factors Under California’s Drunk Driving Laws

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San Jose DUI defense attorneys, DUI defense strategiesWhile each DUI case is different, there are several defense strategies utilized by experienced DUI defense lawyers. Hence, understanding the five DUI defenses commonly asserted in California is essential.

1. I was improperly stopped by the police.

In the United States, the U.S. Constitution prohibits police officers from pulling over or stopping individuals without reasonable suspicion. A police officer has reasonable suspicion, and can therefore legally pull over a driver, if he or she reasonably suspects that the driver is engaging in illegal activity. For example, if a police officer is driving along and notices the car in front of him or her swerving in and out of their lane, then it is reasonable for the police officer to suspect that the driver is intoxicated and to briefly stop the driver in order to investigate.

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