California DUI Laws

Being accused of a DUI or DWI in California can be a frightening, life altering experience. If you have been accused of a DUI in California, it is vital that you arm yourself with education and contact a qualified attorney to help represent your interests. If your case has resulted in the need for an ignition interlock device mandated by the courts or DMV, Smart Start of California can help. Contact us today at 1-888-289-5669 for an Ignition Interlock service center near you.

As a service to our clients, Smart Start of California offers the following links
which reference the current DUI/ DWI Vehicle Codes and Laws in

Vehicle Code



Suspension or Revocation for DUI or Speed


Restricted Driver’s License: Second Offense


Ignition Interlock Device: Certification


Driving When Privilege (License) Suspended
or Revoked


Driving When Privilege (License) Suspended
or Revoked for Other Reasons


Driving When Privilege (License) Suspended
or Revoked for Driving Under the Influence, With Excessive
Blood Alcohol, or When Addicted


Driving When Privilege (License) Suspended
or Revoked Causing Injury: Special Penalties


Driving When Privilege (License) Suspended
or Revoked for Refusing Chemical Test or Driving with Excessive
Blood Alcohol


Ignition Interlock Device Prohibitions


Authorized and Mandatory Installation of
Ignition Interlock Device


Exception for Operation of Vehicle

The laws regarding DUI offenses in California are stringent and unforgiving. The state has taken great measures to insure that drivers on our highways are free from alcohol or controlled substances that may affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Besides the obvious benefits to the citizens of California, pressure from organizations like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) have successfully thrust the problem of drunk driving into the media spotlight, forcing harsh penalties for anyone caught driving under the influence. When you are arrested for a DUI in California, you are instantly thrust into a world of legal statutes and court ordered requirements that can substantially alter your life. The added stress of legal fees, court fees, and the lingering possibility of jail time can all have a severe impact on your disposition and psyche. It is important during these times to adhere to all requirements laid out by the state, but also to inform yourself of your options. A qualified DUI attorney can help explain your legal requirements and options, and reading the statutes governing DUIs in California, as included on this page, can help arm you with valuable information as you go through the California DUI process. Count on Smart Start of California to be on your side during these trying times. We deal exclusively with individuals who have suffered through circumstances similar to yours. From our call screener and appointment schedulers, to our installation crews, we pride ourselves on offering the highest level of customer service. It is our goal to make your experience as painless as possible. We realize that you are already under a great amount of stress, and the last thing you need is an unfriendly IID installer or repair technician adding to your troubles. We make your satisfaction our #1 priority. For more information on how we can help you, contact Smart Start of California at 1-888-289-5669. Our operators are standing by.

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