1. DUI Convictions and the “Watson” Advisement

    In 1981, the California Supreme Court decided the case of People v. Watson. Therein, the Court held that a drunk driver who causes a fatal accident can be found guilty of second degree murder. The Court's decision has since been codified in Vehicle Code section 23593 advisal. Upon being convicted of a DUI offense in San Diego County, the court will read aloud the following statement to the defenda…Read More

  2. Understanding the DMV’s 10-Day Rule

    In 1990, California initiated the administration license suspension program, also known as "Admin Per Se" (APS), in hopes of creating a powerful deterrent to drunk driving. Under the APS program, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is required to suspend/revoke the driving privilege of any person arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and drugs, wh…Read More