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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
(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
(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)
(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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Long Beach CA 90802
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