Who doesn't love a holiday weekend? Friends, family and fireworks are often on the agenda over the 4th of July weekend. One thing isn't on the agenda, and that's drunk driving charges. If you or a loved one was arrested on DUI charges over the holiday weekend, read on.
Although you may not know what exactly the Miranda Rights are, more likely than not you have heard the actual rights, if not in person, at least on television or in movies. You may be asking, what exactly are the Miranda Rights and how are they used during an arrest?
Now that summer is in full swing, many Californians are going to the beach, barbecues, ballgames, and block parties. This also means that many Californians will have a drink or two at these events. However, police in California will be on the lookout this summer for those who they believe are drunk driving. This means that even if a person has only had a couple beers, glasses of wine, or cocktails, they could find themselves facing DUI/DWI charges. Therefore, it is important to understand what the penalties are for those who are convicted of drunk driving in California.
Many people in Sacramento over the past Memorial Day weekend spent their time at barbecues, parties, the beach, or other festivities that signal that summer is here. While at these events, they may have had a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail to help them unwind. However, on their drive home an entirely unrelated reason, such as a broken taillight, might have caused them to see red and blue lights flashing in their rear view mirror. In these situations, when an officer approaches and asks if you have been drinking, what do you say?
Memorial Day serves as an early kickoff to summer across the country. For Californians who ride motorcycles, it means a chance to enjoy the warm weather by taking a trip along the coastline or through a national forest. But, with warm weather comes cold refreshments, and a sometimes chilling reminder of the physical dangers and criminal penalties associated with drinking and riding.
Hearing sirens and seeing red and blue flashing lights in your rear-view mirror is a situation no one in California wants to be in. If a person is being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, they may expect that they will be asked to perform some standard field sobriety tests and that they will be asked to submit to a breath test to determine whether their blood alcohol content level is above the legal limit. However, the police's ability to test whether a person is driving under the influence of drugs is more of a gray area.
For many people in Sacramento, losing the ability to drive could be a disaster. They need to drive to get to work. If they have no transportation to work, they could lose their job. They need to drive to run errands, such as grocery shopping. Without being able to drive, obtaining these basic necessities can be incredibly difficult. Finally, they need to drive to visit friends or family. If they can't drive, these relationships could become strained.
For some people in Sacramento, driving is a standard part of their job. Of course, semi-truck drivers, bus drivers and taxi drivers may come to mind, but sometimes even people who work in sales or other businesses have to regularly travel as part of their job duties.
With the legalization of marijuana in California, the drug is more accessible to those who want to use it. But, police will also be on a heightened lookout for impaired drivers. In fact, the city of San Diego will now be utilizing a new mouth-swab test when they pull a driver over on suspicion of operating under the influence of drugs. This new test will determine if the driver has marijuana or other drugs in his or her system.
Police have long utilized methods for field testing suspected DUI/DWI drivers for alcohol. Recent legalization, however, has raised new legal issues in California for determining whether a motorist is driving while impaired by marijuana. Law enforcement is seeking new methods to conduct field sobriety tests for suspected drivers.