Whether you are driving in the Richmond District in San Francisco, or asleep at the wheel in the Mission District, it is important to know what exactly is "drunk driving" in California.
The legal definitions of "driving" and "drunk" can be inteprreted in many ways. You can be driving even though you are approached by a police officer in a parked park with the engine off, or in an accident with the keys out of the ignition. The key is whether the police, and the District Attorney, can place you in the driver's seat.
Being "drunk" doesn't necessarily mean having a lot of drinks in the SOMA area. The key is whether you are legally impaired. This can be accomplished not only by alcohol, but illicit drugs, prescribed drugs, cough mediicine, or other substances which impair your ability to drive.
Obviously, once you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, a qualified DUI attorney in the San Francisco area can help determine whether you fall into the legal definitions under the law.
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