How The DUI Punishment Changed Over The Years
Over the past 30 years the DUI law changed significantly – more so recently. Recently I came across old cases that discuss driver’s license suspensions in California in 1969. Clearly less onerous: In Walker v. DMV 274 Cal. App 2d 793, Walker refused a chemical test and faced a two person board – to decide if his license should be suspended for 6 month. Nowadays, there is a hearing in front of a one DMV hearing officer who’s adverse decision will suspend the driver’s license for one year after first offense within ten years.
In the 1980th, the National Highway Safety Board recommended that states lower the blood alcohol level to .08 percent. It took many years for all the sates to gradually reduce the permissible blood alcohol level to current .08 percent (last state fell in line in 2003). Recently (and by recently I mean this year) National Highway Safety Board (which is merely an advisory non-profit organization) issued another recommendation to lower the blood alcohol level to 0.05 percent.
In 1990 California changed the permissible blood alcohol level to 0.08 percent from previous 0.10 percent. In 1995, the priorability law changed from prior 7 years to current 10 years.
In near future expect California and other states to laws more stringent – reducing blood alcohol level once again, making DUI priorable to more then 10 years, causing longer license suspensions, increasing fines and making IID mandatory for longer period of time. So, to talk to an expert DUI attorney in Los Angeles please contact our office right away day or night for a free consultation about your case or for affordable representation. Our direct toll free number is 877-940-4440.