Let’s say you’ve had several drinks with friends. You’re a little bit buzzed, but it’s a short drive, and you’re sure you can make it home with no problem. You’ve done it before. But what if the police see you driving home while you are intoxicated? Can you be arrested for DUI if you’re already in your driveway or your garage at home? The answer, as you may suspect, is yes. Nothing in the law prevents a police officer from arresting you if that officer sees you driving while you’re intoxicated – even if it’s on your own block pulling into your own driveway. If you are driving a vehicle in California and your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08 percent or higher, you can be arrested. There are no exceptions.
If you’re charged with DUI in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California – whether you’re at home or a hundred miles away – contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible. A conviction for DUI in California has serious consequences, even when the conviction is for a first offense with no property damage or injuries. Nevertheless, an arrest is not the equivalent of a conviction, and if you make it home without incident, it’s going to be difficult for a prosecutor to convict you of DUI. Don’t plead guilty to any DUI allegation. Fight the charge with the help of a good Orange County DUI defense lawyer.
Unless you are under 21 or on probation for a previous DUI, you are not required to submit to a breath test in California until and unless you have been formally taken into custody. If you are taken into custody, you are required to take the breath test if the police ask for it. Cooperate, and let your attorney deal with the test results later. If the police stop you as you are arriving at home, politely exercise your right to remain silent, and insist on having an attorney present for any questioning. If you’re arrested, obtain the legal help you’ll need by arranging at once to speak with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.