Don’t Let a DUI Ruin Your Visit To Central Coast Wineries
Most visitors believe that a trip to California’s Central Coast isn’t complete without visiting the famous vineyards of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo. This region produces some of the world’s best wine. Before you set out, it’s ideal to have a plan in place for transportation to and from the wineries that doesn’t leave you vulnerable to a conviction for DUI. The best choice is to either take a guided tour that will allow you to enjoy as much wine as you’d like while learning about the area’s history and culture from a local guide. The next best choice is to have a friend designated as the group’s driver. That said, it is legal in California to drive to vineyards and sample wine if you don’t drink to the point of legal impairment. If you are stopped for DUI, it is important to know your rights. If you are charged with DUI it is important to hire an experienced Central Coast Winery DUI Attorney that is dedicated to your defense.
Visiting A Winery Is Not Reasonable Suspicion For A Traffic Stop
It’s no secret that the police near Central Coast wineries are on high alert for intoxicated drivers on the road. If you drink responsibly, there is still a chance you will be stopped as you leave a winery. That’s because in the Central Coast, law enforcement officers make it a practice to patrol near vineyards, bars and restaurants presuming that motorists leave these places after drinking too much. The police are usually able to solicit admissions of guilt because the motorists know that they were drinking, even if they only consumed a small amount of wine at a tasting. An experienced Central Coast DUI attorney knows that visiting a winery is not reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop, and can often get your case dismissed for an unjustified stop or a probable cause violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States.
Refuse To Submit To Testing If You Are Stopped
In California, you have the right to refuse to submit to a Field Sobriety Test (FST) and the Breath Test when you are stopped by the police and accused of DUI. If you agree to be tested, the results can be used as a basis for your arrest and to gather further evidence against you. The police near Central Coast wineries rarely tell you about the right to refuse these tests and often try to intimidate you into agreeing to be tested. It’s important to be as polite and calm as possible when telling the police that you are declining testing. Raising your voice or even slightly aggressive physical gestures can lead to additional charges. The police will try to give you the impression that the testing is an opportunity to clear yourself, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If the officer believes you are too impaired to drive you will be arrested, but you are in a better position legally if you are arrested after refusing all tests because the tests will only be used against you at a later date.
What If I am Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Near A Central Coast Winery?
If you are arrested, you will be taken to the police station and asked to submit to breath or blood testing. If you do not agree to the tests, officers will often suggest there are harsh penalties for refusal, but an experienced Central Coast DUI attorney can still help you beat the charges if you refuse to the testing or if the tests are positive for a BAC of .08 or higher. There are a variety of defenses to this testing such as showing the test was taken improperly, there was a disruption in the chain of custody, the sample was not properly stored causing it to ferment, you have a medical condition that produces a false positive or you’re taking pharmaceutical or over the counter drugs that can interfere with the accuracy of the test. Any of these circumstances can make the sample invalid. There are so many defenses available to defend you that you should avoid pleading guilty to any charges.
Central Coast Wineries DUI Attorney
The penalties for a conviction for DUI in California are harsh, even for a first offense, so it’s important to hire an experienced Central Coast Wineries DUI attorney as soon as possible after you are charged.
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