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Santa Barbara DUI Lawyer answers “Why so many breath tests?”

As a Santa Barbara DUI Lawyer I am often asked, “why did the officer make me take the breath test over and over?”. In the course of a DUI Santa Barbara cops may administer two different breath tests: yes, two different tests. The two different tests are theoretically performing the same tasks, however they have different legal requirements, regulations, and ramifications. The first test; a preliminary alcohol screening (“PAS”) breath test given …Read More

Can I refuse to take Field Sobriety Tests for Drunk Driving?

Field sobriety tests are NOT MANDATORY in California. Santa Barbara DUI lawyers are often asked this very question. In fact there is no state law that requires a suspected Santa Barbara drunk driver to submit to any field sobriety tests when stopped on suspicion of DUI.  Santa Barbara Officers who stop you won’t tell you this, and in turn will use the results of the tests to justify your arrest …Read More

More breathalyzers deemed faulty

A faulty breathalyzer used by San Jose police to arrest 865 DUI suspects could lead to drivers walking free — even if they were drunk behind the wheel, authorities revealed Tuesday. In a report by the Mercury News the Alco-Sensor V breathalyzer used by officers may have shown incorrect readings because of a manufacturer’s error that can cause condensation to build up in the tube. The devices were also used …Read More

Field Sobriety Tests For DUI

Types of Field Sobriety Tests A police officer has the right to pull someone over if he suspects intoxication.  Once this is done, the officer will attempt to determine whether the person is actually DUI by field sobriety tests.  There are a number of different types of field tests which can be given, but they must all be done exactly according to a certain protocol.  The tests were designed to …Read More

Aggressive Felony DUI Defense Lawyer in Santa Barbara

Felony DUI Explained A felony DUI is a very severe charge and can be extremely devastating to one’s life and family.  Because of the seriousness of the charge it is imperative that you seek out a knowledgeable and competent Santa Barbara DUI defense attorney immediately. There are distinct differences between a misdemeanor and a felony DUI indictment. A felony DUI comprises much more serious circumstances than simply exceeding state blood …Read More