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What is a DUI?

In California, DUI is governed under the Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) and (b);   

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


In any prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving.


(c) It is unlawful for a person who is addicted to the use of any drug to drive a vehicle. This subdivision shall not apply to a person who is participating in a narcotic treatment program approved pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 11875) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code.

(d) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in Section 15210. In a prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving.


(e) Commencing July 1, 2018, it shall be unlawful for a person who has 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a motor vehicle when a passenger for hire is a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense. For purposes of this subdivision, “passenger for hire” means a passenger for whom consideration is contributed or expected as a condition of carriage in the vehicle, whether directly or indirectly flowing to the owner, operator, agent, or any other person having an interest in the vehicle. In a prosecution under this subdivision, it is a rebuttable presumption that the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of driving the vehicle if the person had 0.04 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood at the time of the performance of a chemical test within three hours after the driving.


(f) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle.


(g) It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle.


As an Seal Beach DUI lawyer, I go out of my way to insure you are protected in court and with DMV.  However, you only have 10 days to report to DMV your arrest for DUI and to request a DMV hearing in order to protect your driving privileges.  You must call us immediately after your release in order to give us a chance to help request your DMV administrative hearing before the 10-day deadline.  


Should the DMV rule against you despite our efforts during the DMV administrative hearing, we will help guide you with obtaining your restricted driver's license. A restricted driver's license is easier to obtain if it's your first offense and you have a legitimate reason for being able to drive in limited situations such as; to and from work, to and from child's school and to and from necessary medical appointments. There maybe other legitimate causes and we can help assess if they would be applicable to you.  


Most DUI arrests happen during holidays, at checkpoints, and sporting events.  DUI arrests in Seal Beach often happen in major streets such as Seal Beach BLVD, Westminster Avenue, PCH, Los Alamitos and other such streets.  Larger streets are major arteries with lots of traffic, increasing the odds of finding a drunk driver.  If you find yourself having had a few drinks, it's always best to call a ride service company or a taxi.  However, if it's too late, please call us and we'll help mitigate your damages.  It's a very tough proposition to go alone against the district attorney in DUI cases.  


Wais Azami is a Seal Beach DUI lawyer who maintains a purely criminal defense practice.  It's always best to be the master on one area than jack of all trades and master of none. 

Mr. Azami consistently receives top reviews and top awards for his outstanding work as an attorney with one of the best reviews in Seal Beach area.   Many of his reviews are written by clients who had been either ignored by other attorneys or overcharged by other attorneys.  Mr. Azami did not turn his back.  He took the case and fought all the way.  

It's very important to find a local affordable attorney if you live in the Seal Beach area of SoCal.  Local attorneys are more familiar with local judges, their propensities and the general ways of doing business in the court to help facilitate your case.  Local  attorneys like Mr. Azami will also know your financial situation and attempt to accommodate your budget.  

My practice helps both citizens and immigrants with their criminal cases.  Majority of cases involve simple misdemeanors and low-level felonies where good people got caught up in a tough situation.  Typical cases are; Shoplifting, DUI's, Drug Possessions, Drug Paraphenalia, Domestic violence, Theft, Burglary, Assault, Battery, Driving without a license, driving on a suspended license, Domestic Battery, Sexual Assault, Outstanding Warrants, Failure to Appear, Probation Violation, Indecent Exposure, Sex with a minor (underaged person), Felony Evasion, Resisting Arrest, Weapons, Weapons Possession, Discharge of Firearms within City Limits, Attempt Crimes, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Hit and Run, Conspiracy, Solicitation, Prostitution, Sex Cases, Drug Cases, and much more...Call the number below for a same-day evaluation or consolations.