Thanks to a California law passed in 2016, Uber and Lyft drivers have a lower DUI threshold. The new law, which took effect on July 1, lowers the DUI threshold to 0.04% for ridesharing drivers on duty. A second law also applies other restrictions to prospective drivers.
According to the new rules, prospective drivers must complete more rigorous background checks. In addition, ride-sharing companies cannot hire registered sex offenders as drivers. The law also prohibits them from hiring drivers convicted of violent felonies. Finally, persons with a drunk driving conviction in the last seven years may not drive for a ride share provider.
The change to a lower impairment threshold mirror’s the state’s existing threshold for commercial drivers. The legislation followed a series of drunk driving crashes that involved ride-sharing drivers. In some cases, the drivers were not transporting passengers at the time of the crash.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
When you face drunk driving charges, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal courtroom defense experience. Mr. Helfend takes drunk driving defense cases in Los Angeles County and also throughout Southern California.
The majority of impaired driving cases in California result in misdemeanor charges. The circumstances of your arrest will determine the severity of the charges against you. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a misdemeanor charge is not serious, though! Even a misdemeanor drunk driving can result in jail terms, fines, driving restrictions, increased insurance costs and other penalties.
An experienced, aggressive lawyer can assist you throughout the judicial and administrative drunk driving processes. Do not attempt to defend yourself alone in court. Instead, rely on an experienced attorney who can provide excellent representation and counsel.
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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