Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in San Francisco is a criminal act prosecuted through the criminal justice system, rather than through traffic court or the DMV. A record of your DUI persists for ten years and the penalties for those convicted of one or more DUIs in a decade can be quite severe.
Once you are stopped for suspected drunk driving, a police officer measures your “BAC” or blood alcohol content through breath, urine, or blood tests. Failure to submit to a test after you are arrested can have penalties. The legal limit for most drivers is .08% BAC. The legal limits are more stringent for commercial drivers and drivers under 21 years of age.
Even if you don’t meet the legal limit to be charged with a DUI, you can still be charged with reckless driving in San Francisco. The District Attorney will charge a high blood alcohol allegation if a defendant’s blood alcohol level is .15 percent or greater. Such a charge will bring you increased penalties such as a longer DUI program and a longer jail sentence. [Read more…]