A San Francisco man who passed out behind the wheel on the Bay Bridge faces
DUI charges, despite a novel defense. According to the man, his Tesla was driving itself.
The driver’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. The Tesla offers an autopilot feature, which allows the car to drive itself. Unfortunately for the driver, the car’s self-driving capability isn’t likely to shield him from a drunk driving charge. Regardless of whether the car is in autopilot mode, the operator is still considered the “driver.”
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
There are a few defenses for drunk driving in California, but self-driving cars don’t offer any safe haven for impaired drivers. When you face a DUI in LA, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Most Californians with a drunk driving arrest face misdemeanor charges. Don’t assume, however, that a misdemeanor is “no big deal.” Drunk driving arrests have an immediate impact on your ability to drive without restrictions. That’s because the Department of Motor Vehicles will immediately suspend your driver’s license following a drunk driving arrest.
That suspension is administrative. The criminal process, which takes place over a longer period of time, may impose further suspensions or other restrictions. In addition, you can face jail time, fines, driver retraining requirements, and other driving restrictions.
In addition, California imposes additional, increasing stricter penalties for repeat drunk driving offenses. Outside of the legal and administrative penalties you could face, a drunk driving conviction can affect your employment and insurance rates.
When you face criminal drunk driving charges, hire an experienced lawyer who can help you navigate the DUI process.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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