A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving after a “minor sideswipe” with another vehicle, according to this news report. LAPD officers apparently pulled over the judge after the minor accident. He was released on $30,000 bail. The news report states that the judge hears criminal cases in Los Angeles Superior Court.
In the state of California, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher in California.
A drunk driving charge is extremely serious. A DUI in California can be treated as a felony or as a misdemeanor depending on the nature and seriousness of the incident. If there are injuries or fatalities involved in the alleged DUI accident, the defendant will face felony charges. If the auto accident in question is not serious and there are no injuries, it will most likely be a misdemeanor. However, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, DUI charges can have grave consequences and can include jail time, driver’s license suspension, community service and probation.
If you or a loved one has been accused of drunk driving, please call the skilled Los Angeles DUI lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free consultation. We will use our skill and experience to reduce or dismiss your DUI charges, represent you at the DMV hearing in order to protect your driving privileges, and make sure your DUI allegations do not adversely affect your life, your career and your future. Please call us today to find out how we can help.