DUI-RELATED CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA

Posted on: May 25, 2015 by in DUI
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California Vehicle Codes 21200.5 and 23103.5 and California Harbors and Navigation Code 655

Orange County DUI defense attorneyAt least three crimes in California are related to driving under the influence or are based on California’s DUI law. Those crimes are “wet reckless” (reckless driving involving alcohol, California Vehicle Code 23103.5), cycling under the influence or “CUI” (California Vehicle Code 21200.5), and boating under the influence or “BUI” (California Harbors and Navigation Code 655). If you are charged with CUI or BUI in southern California, it’s imperative to obtain legal representation immediately by contacting an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.

The police do not charge you with wet reckless. It’s a charge offered by prosecutors to DUI defendants as a plea bargain. You’ll serve a sentence that is somewhat more lenient than a DUI sentence, and you won’t have a DUI conviction on your record. If you are charged with DUI in southern California, contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately, and don’t accept a wet reckless or any other plea bargain before receiving your attorney’s advice.

The Harbors and Navigation Code makes it against the law to operate a recreational watercraft with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher or a commercial vessel with a BAC level of 0.04 percent or higher. A BUI conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and/or up to six months in jail. Although your driver’s license will not be suspended, a BUI conviction can be counted as a prior DUI conviction if another DUI is committed within ten years.

No blood alcohol content level is spelled out by the law for CUI. You can be charged with CUI on the basis of a police officer’s observations of behavior such as erratic or reckless bike riding. A CUI conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $250. If you are charged with any of the DUI-related crimes in Orange County, fight the charge with the help of an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney, and make the call as quickly as possible.

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