DUI Resources

Below are some links you will find helpful regarding Santa Barbara DUI Arrest

Santa Barbara County Codes

Santa Barbara County Law Library

Santa Barbara Probation Office

Superior Court of California - Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services

California DUI Schools

Look up a Santa Barbara County Court Case

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DWI Detection Guide

The DWI Detection guide describes a set of behaviors that police officers can use to detect motorists who are likely to be driving while impaired. The cues listed below predict that a driver is DWI at least 35 percent of the time.

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Problems maintaing proper lane position

It may be difficult for a driver to maintain proper lane position. Weaving is when a vehicle alternatively moves toward one side of a lane and then towards the other side. There becomes a pattern of lateral movement as one steering correction is closely followed by another. In some extreme cases the drivers wheels can cross the lane lines before the driver is able to correct it.

Drifting is when a vehicle is moving in a generally straight line but at a slight angle to the lane. Swerving is when a driver makes an abrupt turn away from a generally straight course.

Another related DWI cue is when a driver almost strikes another vehicle or object. The driver may be passing unusually close to a sign, barrier, vehicle or building. Also turning with a wide radius, or drifting during a curve are also cues that a driver is DWI. They vehicle may appear to drift to the outside of the lane or into another lane while turning a corner.

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Speed and Braking Problems

Research shows that braking properly can be a difficult task for an impaired driver. Stopping to far away from a curb or at an inappropriate angle, stopping too short or beyond a limit line and jerky or abrupt stops are all cues of DWI.

Impaired vehicle drivers may also experience difficulty maintaining an appropriate speed. Accelerating or decelerating rapidly for no reason, driving at a speed that is ten miles per hour or more under the speed limit and vary speed between speeding up and slowing down are all cues of DWI.

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Vigilance Problems

Vigilance concerns a drivers ability to pay attention to a task or notice changes in his/her surrounding driving environment. A driver whose vigilance has been impaired by alcohol may forget to turn his headlights on when its dark outside. They may also forget to signal a lane change or the signal is not consistent with the turn ie; signaling left, but turning right.

Impaired drivers may also accidentally drive into oposing traffic or turn in front of oncoming vehicles with insufficient headway. An impaired driver may also respond more slowly to a change in a traffic signal. For example, the driver may remain stopped for an unusually long period of time after the signal has turned green. One of the most obvious cues of DWI is when a driver stops in a lane for no apparant reason. Sometimes a the driver may even fall asleep at the wheel.

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Judgement Problems

Operating a motor vehicle requires continuous decision making by the driver. Following another vehicle too closely is a cue of a possible DWI. Also making improper or unsafe lane changes, either frequently or abruptly. Illegal turns, driving at the edge of the roadway, on the shoulder, off the roadway, and driving straight thru turn only lanes are all addition signs to alert an officer that you may be driving under the influence.

Other unusual behaviors include throwing things out the vehicle window, drinking in the vehicle while driving, urinating at the roadside, arguing with another motorist or otherwise being disorderly are all reasons you may get pulled over and charged with a DWI.

The finale cue is actually more of a set of indicators related to the drivers behavior. These indicators include gripping the steering wheel tightly, slouching in the seat, driving with your face close to the windshield and staring straight ahead with fixed eyes.

Review the official DWI Detection Guide here.

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Top DUI Mistakes


    San Luis Obispo DUI laws are complex and confusing, with new laws always going into effect. You must raise the right defenses and arguments at the proper time in order to make the best impact. A DUI case that was potentially winnable can become a loser, if the proper facts are not discussed with the prosecutor. The prosecutor will not discuss the merits of your case with a non attorney and may be in violation of California ethic rules if the merits or defenses are discussed.


    Anything you say to the police, the people at the jail, or to the court staff can be used against you in your case. Even discussing your arrest with family and friends runs the risk of turning them into involuntary witnesses against you. It is really in your best interests to write down the details, and to fully discuss the details with your DUI attorney. Only an attorney focused on DUI defense can properly defend you, and get the best possible outcome.


    Your Santa Barbara DUI conviction could stay on your California criminal record for the rest of your life. The California DMV will track you for 10 years to see if your license is suspended or if you did not satisfy all the court fines penalties. Your vehicle insurance premium will probably increase, or your insurance company may just decide to cancel your policy.


    Not appearing in court at all, or not responding after your name is called, will result in a bench warrant for your arrest being issued by the judge. The police can come to your home or place of employment to arrest you, or you will be arrested if stopped for a minor traffic infraction later on down the line. This results in spending jail time, and posting a bond to guarantee future appearances.


    DUI attorneys know what additional rights to ask for from the DMV, aside from requesting a hearing. Having a DUI attorney to present your side of the story, backed up by legal defenses, increases your chance of winning the case, and not having your driving privileges taken away from you. If you were to lose the hearing, you may get your driving privilege back on a restricted basis - being allowed to drive to work and back, and to drive while working.


    If you appear in court by yourself, the prosecutor will give you an initial offer to try and settle your DUI case. The prosecutor may even try to pressure you by saying that the deal is a take it now offer, or penalties later will get harsher later. This first offer is not a bargain, but more of a threat to scare you. If you take this first offer, you will be makeing a costly mistake. If you do not take this first offer, unfortunately you still make a costly mistake. As old saying goes, "you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression". What that means is when you wait to hire a Santa Barbara DUI lawyer, the prosecutor's future offers may not be significant improved.

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