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In the state of California, it is illegal for any individual to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of 1) drugs 2) alcohol; or both.  It is also illegal for any individual to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher.  If an individual violates either of the aforementioned laws, he/she can be arrested for and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

The DUI process begins when law enforcement makes a DUI traffic stop.  California law enforcement will usually make a DUI traffic stop when they have reason to suspect that a person is driving under the influence due to the person’s erratic driving behaviors (excessive speeding, slowing down, making wrong turns, swerving, weaving, etc.).  When law enforcement makes a traffic stop, they will carefully examined to person’s physical and mental state to see if the person is showing further signs of intoxication (slurred speech, inability to directly answer questions, bloodshot eyes, flushed face, incoherent speech, etc.).

If law enforcement believes that the person is under the influence, they will ask the person to consent to a voluntary breath alcohol test and field sobriety tests.  It is important to remember that the person has the right to refuse to take both the breath test and the field sobriety tests.  If the person refuses to take the tests, law enforcement will usually arrest the person for DUI, and then have the person take a blood or breath test at the police station.  If the person consents to the breath test, and his/her test result is 0.08% or higher, he/she will be arrested for DUI.

Once a person is arrested for DUI, he/she will be brought to the police station for booking and will have to remain in jail until his/her arraignment.  At the arraignment, the person will make his/her plea, and the terms of the person’s bail will be set.  Prior to the arraignment, and immediately following the person’s arrest, he/she should retain the services of a skilled Pasadena DUI defense attorney who can litigate on his/her behalf throughout the criminal process. 

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If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI in Pasadena, it is imperative that you obtain the services of a qualified DUI defense attorney.  California Legal Team is dedicated to helping clients fight their DUI charges in Pasadena and Newport Beach so that they can move forward with their lives.  Every one of our clients is provided with aggressive defense by a highly trained and experienced lawyer.  At California Legal Team, we are focused defense attorneys who believe in giving every client the advocacy, advice, and understanding they need to be successful with their DUI matters.