It is highly recommended that you know the charges against you and that you learn as much as you can about them. You should also educate yourself about the legal process. It is our opinion that the Attorney-Client relationship is more efficient when both parties understand what they are dealing with. Having said this, we also understand that it is our responsibility to educate the client about the law and procedure so that they can make intelligent and well informed choices in their case.

Most DUI cases are carry two charges: 23152/3 (a) and 23152/3 (b).  Many people don't understand the difference between the two.  What we in the field call the "B" count, alleges an alcohol level of .08 or higher and if true you will be found guilty of a DUI.  The "A" count alleges that your ability to drive was impaired by alcohol regardless of your alcohol level (you must have some alcohol but there is no need to prove that you were over a .08).  The "A" count is usually proved by your performance on the Field Sobriety Test as well as the results of the chemical test.

The reason why the government charges you with two counts in most DUI prosecutions is simple, if they can't get you with one, they will try and get you with the other.

The following is a list of statutes found in the Vehicle Code that deal with driving under the influence both as misdemeanors and felonies, both for charging and sentencing:

Sections 23152-23229.1:

These statutes set forth a definition of the misdemeanor and felony drunk driving, along with a few related sections.

Section 23136:

The so-called "zero tolerance" law applying to drivers under 21 with 0.01% blood-alcohol.

Section 23140:

Drivers under 21 with blood-alcohol of 0.05% or greater.

Section 23520-23521:

DUI "sentencing" in juvenile court.

Section 23502:

Further provisions for those convicted of Section 23140 (drivers under 21).

Section 23536 etc:

Sentencing provisions for misdemeanor DUI.

Section 23554 etc:

Sentencing provisions for felony DUI.

Section 23572:

Additional penalties ("enhancements") in misdemenaor drunk driving cases.

Section 23575 etc:

Provisions requiring installation of "ignition interlock devices" (IIDs).

Sections 23247-23249:

Further describes requirements for installing court-ordered ignition interlock devices.

Sections 23592-23596:

More sentencing provisions.

Sections 23600-23602:

Laws governing probation in drunk driving cases.

Sections 23610-23614:

The "implied consent" provisions for taking blood, breath or urine samples.

Sections 23620-23626:

The use of "prior convictions" to increase DUI punishment.

Section 23630:

Lawful use of a drug is not a defense to driving under the influence of drugs.

Section 23640:

Court-ordered "alcohol education" programs