A San Francisco man lost his license and faces criminal charges after speed racing down Highway 101 in the early hours of December 11. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers chased his car as far as the Golden Gate toll plaza where he was finally stopped and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). This drunk driver managed to evade two CHP patrol cars while driving along coned off roads in the late night chase.
Under California’s strict DUI laws, anyone found to have a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08 is considered to be driving while intoxicated. In addition to criminal charges, California law allows for the immediate suspension of driving privileges for anyone caught driving while drunk. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that this strict limit has resulted in a nine percent reduction in fatalities related to drunk driving in the state.
If you have been stopped for a DUI, cooperate with the police fully by providing your name and address, driver’s license, and destination, if asked. However, you have the right to remain silent so that your words cannot be used against you later on. Politely refuse to discuss anything with police or anyone else until you have spoken to a lawyer.
Once you have been arrested, it is your right to demand immediate access to your attorney and to refuse to answer any questions without your lawyer being present. It is vital that you protect yourself until your attorney arrives, because under the law, anything you voluntarily disclose to anyone, including cellmates, friends and family, can be used against you in court.