California DUI Laws

California DUI Laws

DUI is a criminal offense

By law in California: DUI – Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs is a criminal offense. It is more serious than most other traffic offenses. A conviction for a DUI or drunk driving offense will result in a criminal record.

BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)

Drinking alcohol affects your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

By DUI laws in California, it is illegal for any person to operate:

A motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
Any vehicle requiring a commercial driver license (with or without a commercial driver license issued to the driver), with a BAC of 0.04% or higher.
A motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.01% or higher, if the person is under age 21.
A motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.01% or higher at any age if the person is on DUI probation.
See BAC Calculator to estimate the concentration of Alcohol in your blood based on how much you have been drinking.

Vehicle Codes – California DUI Laws

Vehicle Code VC 23140

It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 years who has 0.05 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle. See UNDER 21 and arrested for drinking and driving.

Vehicle Code VC 23152

VC 23152(a)

(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.

VC 23152(b)

(b) It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.

See what do do after DUI Arrest in California.

Vehicle Code VC 23153

VC 23153(a)

(a) It is unlawful for any person, while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.

See Aggravated DUI for more about accident causing bodily injury.

VC 23153(b)

(b) It is unlawful for any person, while having 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.

See Aggravated DUI for more about accident causing bodily injury.

VC 14601.2 Driving on a suspended license due to a DUI

Did you get arrested for a DUI in California and then got caught driving on a suspended license and were issued a ticket for a violation of VC 14601.2 (driving on a suspended license due to a DUI)? This is a very serious charge as the California DUI law requires at a minimum:-

You spend 10 days in jail
You pay a $1,000 fine
You install an ignition interlock device on your steering wheel
and it puts 2 points on your drivers’ license.

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If you have been charged with a DUI in Los Angeles or Orange County, call us as soon as possible. One of the firm’s defense attorneys will provide you with a free initial consultation. The attorneys at the firm will defend you and fight for your rights. Call us today toll free at 1(877) DUI-PROS  / 1(877) 384-7767 or send us an e-mail through this website to set up your appointment.