Former mayor Cliff Thompson was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident on November 15. Police were quoted as saying he was under the influence of prescription medication. He was detained for seven hours before appearing coherent.
With political implications a fair trial may not be easy to come by. The former mayor has a right to assumed being innocent until proven guilty just like anyone else arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The law in California is clear on one thing; you can be stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol and be arrested. Under a separate law you can be arrested for driving with a BAC level of .08. The difference between the two can be confusing and a California DUI lawyer should be consulted to ensure the best possible defense is established.
The first law seems to say that you may be under the influence even with a lower BAC. The reasons for why you were stopped may be an area that an experienced California DUI attorney can turn into a lesser charge or possibly a dismissal.
You may have taken a blood test or used a breathalyzer when stopped and these tests are not always perfect. The California DUI attorney can challenge either procedure to bolster your defense and secure a more favorable verdict.