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January 2013 Archives

Dealing With an Underage DUI in California

The legal blood alcohol limit in California is 0.08% for adults over 21, which means any more than that can result in a DUI charge. But the rules are a little different if you're underage.

For those of legal drinking age, 0.08% is estimated to be the equivalent of two drinks over the course of an evening. Still, to avoid being pulled over, it may be best to limit yourself to one drink or just stick to water.

And what about the under 21 crowd? Is it that younger people's metabolisms don't process alcohol as quickly? Nope, California's zero-tolerance law has nothing to do with intoxication.

How to Get Your License Reinstated After a DUI in California

There are a lot of reasons to brag about living in California, but unfortunately state law on getting your license reinstated after a DUI is not one of them.

If you've been convicted of a DUI in California you are going to lose your license for at least a few months. But whether it was suspended or revoked, you can get it back without too much trouble if you follow these steps.

The bad news is that you are going to have to go the DMV to get this done. But that, plus some paperwork and fees, will let you back behind the wheel.

Consequences of Refusing a Breathalyzer in California

It's a Saturday night, you're driving home, and all of a sudden there are red lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. Maybe you've been drinking and maybe you haven't, but what happens if you refuse a Breathalyzer test?

For those living in Los Angeles and Southern California, or really anywhere in the Golden State, refusal is probably not a good choice.

You have the right to refuse a Breathalyzer, but that doesn't mean there are no consequences. In California, the penalties can be pretty significant.

Year in Review: 2012's Most Popular LA DUI Stories (Part II of II)

We continue our look back at the most-read DUI stories of 2012 with ironic tweets, airborne SUVs, and pseudo-celebs getting T-boned.

Unlike the Top 5 posts, where were mostly about avoiding DUIs, these dealt more with the consequences of drunken driving, from deaths to arrests.

Year in Review: 2012's Most Popular LA DUI Stories (Part I of II)

We would've thought celebrity DUIs would be the most popular topic for our readers. After all, this is LA. We're a bit of an industry town, if you haven't noticed. At least, that's the stereotype.

What were the readers really interested in? For the most part, non-celebrity crashes and information on how to handle or prevent a DUI conviction.

Dharma's Greg, a.k.a. Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson, Arrested for DUI

You might recognize Thomas Gibson from "Criminal Minds," a long-running crime drama. Or if you're an oddball like some of us, you'll remember him as Greg from "Dharma & Greg." Yeah. Bad 90s sitcoms live on in our heart, if not on our TVs.

Mr. Gibson was driving his Audi SUV through downtown LA early Sunday when he came across a street closed for the purposes of a half-marathon. Why would anyone run a marathon at 1 a.m.? Good question. We'd counter that with: Why would anyone run a marathon at all when they could be watching "Dharma & Greg" VHS tapes? Fools.