DUI/DWI Arrest Process
The DUI arrest process for those accused of driving under influence generally occurs as follows:
- The driver is pulled over
- The police officer conducts a field sobriety test
- If the Officer determines the driver is under the influence of alcohol while driving, he or she maybe arrested.
- Driver is required by law to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test.
- The suspect is cited for Misdemeanor DUI related charges and later released.
- Arrestee is given a citation and a court date to appear.
Blood Alcohol Level
In the United States, a person is considered legally intoxicated, and therefore not competent to drive, when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches .08 percent. Drivers under the age of 21 may be arrested for any traceable amount of alcohol in the bloodstream (as low as .02 percent). To obtain your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content), click here .
An arrest for DUI in California will initiate an instant suspension of your driver's license. The arresting officer will seize your license and issue a notification of suspension that is set to remain for 30 days. When this suspension happens, a DMV hearing can legally be requested within 10 days. For more information click here .