In California under Vehicle
Code Section 23612(a)(1)(A): “a person who drives a motor vehicle is deemed
to have given his or her consent to chemical testing of his or her blood or
breath for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content of his or her
blood, if lawfully arrested for an
offense allegedly committed in violation of section 23152 (California’s DUI
The important thing to keep
in mind is that when you get pulled over by an officer for suspicion of drunk
driving, at that very moment in time, the traffic stop is just like any other
traffic stop. (i.e. when you get pulled over for spe...
On June 23, 2016 in a case called Birchfield v. North Dakota the United States Supreme Court
clarified an issue for which a lot of states including California and the Court
itself had been grappling for some time.
The court held the
Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath
tests incident to
lawful arrests for drunk driving, but
not warrantless blood tests.
The case involved three separate defendants who had been
arrested for drunk driving. Of note in the case was also the issue of implied
consent laws. Many states including California have implemented implied consent
laws to protect the public. Essentially, what they say is if you drive on the
Every California criminal
crime has an element that the prosecution is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. A California
DUI charge also has two specific elements that the prosecutors or city
attorneys need to prove before being able to obtain a conviction.
What Elements Need To Be Proved in A California DUI
To convict you of a
California DUI the prosecutor or city attorney must prove that:
You dove a
When you drove
the vehicle you were under the influence AND your Blood Alcohol Level was 0.08
or higher by weight.