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From .08 To .05 BAC Legal Limits In California

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If you are arrested by authorities for drunk driving, you can face a huge fine, jail time and suspension of driving license. By hiring a DUI lawyer, your case can be presented in the best possible manner to reduce the penalties. In some instances, the DUI case can be dismissed entirely to avoid a permanent mark on your record.

In California, assembly members Autumn Burke and Heath Flora proposed a legislation to lower legal behind-the-wheel limit for blood alcohol content from .08 to .05. This will make California as the second state with the strictest DUI laws. It ties with Utah that adopted the .05 BAC standards last December.

The current legal limit in the United States is .08 BAC but by the time that blood alcohol reaches that level, the risks of being involved in a fatal crash has more than doubled. This is the reason why states are now lowering the legal limits to .05 BAC or even lower.

Uber and Lyft drivers are happy. Happy hours may soon be a thing of the past except if people will take cabs to go home and avoid being charged for DIU. On the other hand, Larry Lee, a criminal defense lawyer from Visalia said that there is no evidence that will prove that reduction of BAC limits to .05 will make the roads safer.

In some states that include Arizona, Tennessee and Georgia, first time DUI offenders face mandatory jail time. Meanwhile, in other states, the punishment is as lenient as community service. California punishment for DUI is middle of the road.

Bar owners have different reactions to the proposed legislation particularly since nightlife is a critical economic driver. People want to have a good time. With the presence of Uber and Lyft, there is no reason why a person cannot reach home safely.

DUI convictions are very costly; it is cheaper to hire a DUI lawyer who can provide legal assistance. You can avoid court fees, increases in the insurance premium and costs of ignition interlock devices. However, it is still important to drive with care and reasonable consideration for other motorists that are using the highways.