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Drunk Driving charges such as VC 23152 in Long Beach are treated very
seriously by the District Attorney and City Attorney.  Because of the popularity
of tourism in Long Beach, the police want to send a message that it is safe to
visit the city and that tourists can feel comfortable in knowing that they can walk
the streets near Pine avenue, the Pike and other popular destinations and not
be hit by a drunk driver.  My name is Matthew Ruff and as a local Long Beach
DUI and drunk driving defense lawyer, I have seen many examples of vigorous
prosecution for driving under the influence cases.  With over 15 years
experience I can often deal directly with the prosecutors and the Court in
reaching a favorable resolution to a drunk driving criminal charge.  Many of the
people arrested for drunk driving in Long Beach are from outside the area and
in that regard, as a local attorney, I can go to Court for them and work towards
clearing or dropping the DUI charges.

I am often asked what the difference is between "drunk driving" and DUI, there
is none.  These titles are used interchangeably and mean the same thing in
California.  Both phrases are used to describe the crime of driving under the
influence in violation of VC 23152 or VC 23153.  In Court, the D.A. is required
to prove the driver was too impaired to safely operate the vehicle.

In my nearly two decades of experience as a Lawyer, the police will look for
certain tell tale signs in order to justify a vehicle stop and detention for
suspected DUI before a
DUI Breath Test is administered..  Research by the
Federal Government itself has identified the following indicators of drunk
driving, in descending order of probability that the driver is intoxicated
[percentages indicate the chances out of 100 that a driver exhibiting the
behavior is intoxicated]:

(i) When an officer observes turning or steering the car with a wide radius [65%]
(ii) A Car straddling the center lane median or a lane line or marker [65%]
(iii) Appearing to be drunk or visibly intoxicated (e.g. gripping the steering wheel
tightly, driving with one's face close to the windshield, slouching in the seat, drinking
in the vehicle, or staring straight ahead with eyes fixed) [60%]
(iv) Coming close to colliding with a fixed roadside object or vehicle [60%]
(v) Weaving in a serpentine manner within or outside a lane of travel [60%]
(vi) Driving the vehicle somewhere other than the designated roadway (e.g. on the
shoulder or straight through a turn-only lane) [55%]
(vii) Swerving erratically [55%]
(viii) Driving at a speed much slower than the limit (10 m.p.h. or more below the speed
limit) [50%]
(ix) Stopping the car in the  lane without cause [50%]
(x) Tailgating or Following another vehicle too closely [50%]
(xi) Drifting in and out of the lane [50%]
(xii) Tires traveling on center or lane marker [45%]
(xiii) Braking suddenly or erratically [45%]
(xiv) Driving into opposing or crossing traffic [45%]
(xv) Signaling a turn inconsistent with driving actions [40%]
(xvi) Stopping inappropriately other than in lane [35%]
(xvii) Slow response to green lights or other traffic signals [40%]
(xviii) Turning abruptly or illegally [35%]
(xix) Accelerating or decelerating rapidly [35%]
(xx) Headlights off at night, (for example when leaving a bar) [30%]

Of course, if more than one indicator is observed, it is even more likely that the
driver is intoxicated (add 10% to the highest value among the indicators
observed). Note that speeding is not an indicator of DUI; because of quicker
judgment and reflexes, in some circumstances it may indicate sobriety. Once a
stop is made, the Long Beach drunk driving enforcement officer should look for
the following behaviors by the driver, as Governmental Safety Organizations
such as NHTSA has found them to be excellent predictors of DUI or driving
while intoxicated.

(i) Difficulty with vehicle controls;
(ii) Trouble exiting vehicle;
(iii) Fumbling with documents, a drivers license or registration;
(iv) Repeating questions or comments to the officer;
(v) Swaying, unsteadiness or balance problems while speaking to the police officer;
(vi) Using the vehicle for balance or Leaning on the vehicle (or other object);
(vii) Slurred, thick or drunken speech;
(viii) Slowness in responding to questions, or asking officer to repeat questions;
(ix) Giving the cop incorrect information or changing answers;
(x) Strong Odor of an alcoholic beverage.

Our Long Beach Drunk Driving Lawyers and
San Pedro DUI Attorneys can provide
the latest legal defenses and advice on how to avoid a Drunk Driving conviction.  
Attorney Matthew Ruff can be reached directly toll-free at 1-877-212-2090.  Our firm
also defends all other alcohol related criminal charges within the Long Beach and
Signal Hill area.
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444 West Ocean Avenue
Long Beach CA 90802
Drunk Driving Lawyer in Long Beach California