2019 DUI Laws
From beginning of the year through Jan. 1, 2026, repeatedly driving-under-the -influence (DUI) offenses and those with a first DUI who injured someone must install an ignition interlock device for up to 12-48 months. This law is for driving under the influence of alcohol or alcohol and drugs, but not drugs only. A judge may order a first-time DUI offender who didn’t injure anyone to install a device for up to six months.
The law office of Wais Azami can help properly defend you against such charges, especially if you suffer conditions which pre-dispose you to testing positive for alcohol. Believe it or not, you medical history, sleep history, tolerance level and many other facts affect your test results for alcohol consumption. We’ll do a thorough investigation to make sure you’re not charged for a crime of DUI when there could be other factors for testing positive for alcohol consumption.
I have attended DUI classes and seminars, with the latest being in November of 2018 in San Francisco, California. I stay on top of current events to make sure you receive the best defense possible.
NEW 2019 DUI LAW SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 1046
Commencing on January 1, 2019, all people convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) must install and properly maintain an IID on their vehicle.
- SB 1046 expands the current pilot program (in the 4 pilot counties) statewide with a few changes:
- On a 1st DUI violation with no injury: offender chooses 6-month IID restricted license with full driving privileges or a 1-year work restricted license that only permits the driver to drive to and from work and to and from his or her DUI class. (However, in the four pilot counties, the work restricted option with no IID is NOT available to drivers.)
- On a 1st Offense DUI violation with injury: Offender must install and maintain an IID for six months.
- On a 2nd offense DUI violation (within 10 years of a previous DUI): The offender must install and maintain an IID for one year.
- On a 3rd offense DUI violation (within 10 years of two previous DUIs): The offender must install and maintain an IID for two years.
- On a 4th offense DUI violation (within 10 years of three previous DUIs): The offender must install and maintain an IID for three years.
- SB 1046 also implements an incentive program for drivers to install an IID after arrest and prior to a conviction by rewarding drivers with a full privilege license after they install the Ignition Interlock Device, thus avoiding a “hard,” no-driving suspension period.
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