More and more women are being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol – a trend which is apparent not only in Southern California or California, but also nationwide; according to a Riverside and San Bernardino County news report in the “Press Enterprise”. Nationally the number of women arrested for DUI was up nearly 29 percent between 1998 and 2007, while the arrests of men were down 7.5 percent. Locally, fewer women than men are arrested for DUI, although the trend is upward. For example, since 1999, the number of women arrested for DUI in Riverside County increased from 30 to 39 and from 44 to 66 in San Bernardino County.
Driving under the influence or DUI – whether it involves alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription drugs — is a serious crime in California. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The same code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI drunk driving in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties, please contact a skilled Southern California drunk driving defense lawyer at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free consultation. Our attorneys are former deputy district attorneys and are extremely well-versed and experienced in defending those charged with DUI. Our track record is excellent when it comes to getting charges dismissed or reduced in DUI cases. Please call us at 866-430-8383 for a complimentary consultation and DUI case evaluation.