The number of drivers with alcohol in their system has has gone down significantly while the number of drivers using marijuana has gone way up. Safety-wise this doesn’t seem to be a bad trade. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study (.pdf) has found that drivers with THC in their blood are no more likely to be involved in car crashes than are drug-free drivers.
DUI cases are complex and can deter even the most senior practitioner. But it’s not uncommon for attorneys to be contacted on DUI cases by clients, and even friends and family — particularly during the holiday party season. For this reason, it’s important for every California attorney to know at least the basics of California DUI law.
We see celebrity DUI cases play out in the media, often with seemingly light or no criminal penalties. Actress Lindsey Lohan’s DUI case comes to mind, although she managed to violate her light probation sentence and thus ramp up the criminal penalties for her DUI. This made me wonder what are the potential criminal penalties for a DUI in California and what is the likelihood of such charges being brought?