Lakewood DUI Defense Attorney
Attorney Matthew Ruff has well over 15 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
In California, it is a misdemeanor to drive a motor vehicle under the following
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.
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 Bellfower Court..
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 Tolerance Cases.
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