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Attorney Matthew Ruff has well over 25 years experience defending
good people who are charged with driving under the influence of
alcohol or drugs or both. All Lakewood drunk driving arrests go to
Bellflower Court for adjudication.
Call our Lakewood DUI Attorney now toll free at 1-877-212-2090
It is important to understand that a DUI is no longer just a traffic
ticket, in today's society a drunk driving conviction can lead to
automatic suspension of your drivers license, loss of your insurance,
the requirement to install an ignition interlock on all vehicles you own
or have access to, denial of employment and a negative credit
score. The time to fight a DUI is immediately after you are released.
In California, if you fail to act quickly your driving privilege will be
suspended for up to 3 years. A Lakewood DUI Lawyer can stop the
suspension and appear for you in Court to challenge the driving
under the influence allegations.
In California, it is a misdemeanor to drive a motor vehicle under the
1). While under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or
under their combined influence. Vehicle Code section 23152(a).
— DUI involving alcohol. It is not necessary to prove any specific
degree of intoxication, but only that the defendant was under the
influence. "Under the Influence" is defined as driving when your
mental or physical faculties are impaired to the extent that you can no
longer drive with the caution characteristic of a sober person.
— DUI involving drugs. When a defendant is charged with driving
under the influence of a drug (legal or illegal), a showing of a specific
measurable amount of the drug in the defendant’s blood is not
required. The showing that must be made is that the defendant was
under the influence.
2). While having 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in
one’s blood. For this offense it is not necessary to prove the
defendant was, in fact, under the influence; it is sufficient to prove
the defendant’s blood-alcohol level was 0.08 percent or more. For
this reason, this statute is sometimes referred to as the “per se” DUI
statute. The CA Legislature intended to criminalize driving with this
specified excessive breath or blood-alcohol level in Lakewood or
anywhere else within the state, thus creation of this law.
Further, there is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.08
percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time
of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.08 percent or more, by
weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of
a chemical test within three hours after driving. Veh C §23152(b).
The percent by weight is based on grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters
of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
Although there is a permissive inference that the test done within 3
hours of driving is a true reflection of their actual BAC, that is not
always the case. Recently Matt won a case where the test showed a
BAC of .11%, however the client was actually a .07% BAC.
In addition to the criminal law as explained above, the DMV will take
action against you based on the arrest for DUI. As local Lakewood
DUI Attorneys, we can set up the appropriate DMV hearings to save
your precious drivers license and fight the VC23152 charge in
Call us Toll Free at 1-877-212-2090
With the experience of defending thousands of DUI cases, we offer
the best defense for all DWI and drunk driving matters. If you or a
loved one has been arrested, do not hesitate, reach out to us for a
free case review and analysis of your arrest. Today's DUI laws are
incredibly complex and contain numerous traps to catch the unwary
and those unfamiliar with the system. Given the fact that a drunk
driving now stays on your record a minimum of 10 years, it makes
sense to have a professional do everything they can to avoid the DUI
from becoming a conviction and lifelong scar on your record.
We know the Court where your case will be heard, we know the
prosecutors, the Judges and the DMV hearing officers who will
decide your matter.
In addition to DUI charges in Lakewood CA we offer criminal defense
in all Southern California Courts including Long Beach DUI Defense,
drug and alcohol charges in Los Angeles County, Signal Hill DUI
charges, Hermosa Beach DUI Arrest, Minor in Possession and Zero
For over 25 years Matt has been defending the rights of drinking
drivers in California. Matt is a long time member of National College
of DUI Defense and is recognized as the Top 10 Best Attorneys
Nationwide. Call Matt today for a discreet consultation about your
rights, defenses and costs to retain him to represent you.
Call Matt at 310-686-1533