Here are some more DUI facts that you should know when fighting a DUI in California and the San Francisco/Bay Area.
1. Which DUI offender program you are ordered to go to by the Court depends on the BAC result, whether it's a first, second, or subsequent DUI, or a wet reckless (driving reckless with alcohol involved). You can be ordered to a 3 month, 6 month or 18 month program.
2. When the Court orders you to jail, there are alternate sentencing options available to straight jail time, such as electronic monitoring, a sheriff's work program, or community service. These options usually involve extra fees that must be paid.
3. Refusing to take a breath or blood test at the time you are arrested will automatically suspend your driver's license for one year.
4. In California, there are no scores available for a field sobriety test. Rather, your success on the tests is the subjective opinion of the arresting officer.
5. To ensure a "successful" breath test at the police station, an officer must observe you for 15 minutes before administering the test. This is to make sure you don't burp, vomit, or otherwise do something that will skew the result.
More DUI fun facts next week.
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