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DUI Consequences

WHAT TO DO IF FACING A SANTA BARBARA DUI OR TEST REFUSAL

If you’re pulled over, suspected of drunk driving, should a suspected Santa Barbara drunk driver refuse a blood alcohol (BAC) test? As a Santa Barbara DUI Attorney I am asked this very question time and time again. Based on statewide averages reported by the California DMV it can be estimated that 6% of DUI arrests result in a refusal. Santa Barbara DUI statistics most likely are not far off that …Read More

Is Uber an answer to avoiding a DUI Santa Barbara?

There are many alternatives aimed at avoiding a Santa Barbara DUI. Uber,  from their homepage says, “YOUR RIDE, ON DEMAND Whether you’re headed down to State Street, up to Isla Vista, or to SBA airport, the Uber app connects you with a reliable ride — from low-cost to premium — in minutes. Payment is automatic through the app and fares are usually cheaper than a taxi.” In two separate reports …Read More

Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law, a Santa Barbara DUI Lawyer explains "arraignment."

An arraignment is generally your first court appearance. For the Santa Barbara drunk driver, or in other words someone presumed innocent but accused in a DUI arrest report of DUI reckless driving or similar, it is the first step in the court process. The arraignment is a court hearing at which when you are accused of a public offense whether an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you are informed …Read More

Can a Driver’s License Suspension happen even without a DUI conviction?

Recently I was asked why their license showed a DUI suspension when the case was dismissed after review of the DUI arrest report. Santa Barbara DUI lawyers know that a mere dismissal, even one based on an insufficiency of the evidence, will generally not rescind the Administrative Per Se Suspension order of the DMV. The Administrative Per Se s uspension is a DUI suspension which differs from the driver’s license …Read More

Santa Barbara DUI penalties increasing?

Assembly Bill AB 412, which applies only to Santa Barbara County, re-enacts an expired $5 penalty assessment for every $10 in base fines for drunken driving or other offenses that involve driving while intoxicated. Gov. Jerry Brown used his strongest language on the issue in a message he attached to the bill by Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, which he allowed to go into law this week without his signature. …Read More

What Are The Consequences of DUI With Injuries?

Consequences of DUI With Injuries If you have been arrested for DUI, driving under the influence, and injured someone in the process, you are facing felony charges and much more serious penalties.  Whether the injured person was a pedestrian, in another vehicle or in your own car, injuring someone raises the bar on the consequences to be expected.  Penalties can include 90 days to one year in a county jail …Read More

What Should I Do When Faced With Vehicular Manslaughter?

What to do when faced with Vehicular Manslaughter Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person was driving under the influence and as a result causes the death of another.  There are various degrees of vehicular manslaughter which carry different charges.  Causing the death of another is never an easy thing to face, but when it occurred as a result of DUI, the consequences can be quite severe.  This type of situation …Read More