It is a misdemeanor for a person to drive a vehicle while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug. In California, a person over the age of 21, is presumed to be Under the Influence (DUI) if there is a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. The maximum blood alcohol concentration for a person under the age of 21 is 0.05 percent.
A conviction for DUI remains on a driver’s record for 10 years and can be used to increase fines and penalties for subsequent DUI convictions.
If the judge finds that you are unable to afford to hire an attorney, the judge will appoint one to represent you and a public defender will then counsel you when you attend court.
Appearances are mandatory, unless a judge has ordered that your attorney can appear for you. When you appear in court, you will be advised of the consequences of a conviction, including probation conditions, fines, and license restriction or suspension.