San Carlos Vice Mayor Arrested for DUI

San Carlos Vice Mayor Andy Klein was arrested recently for DUI.  According to news reports, the vice mayor was arrested after the California Highway Patrol saw him driving under the influence last week near Interstate 280.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the CHP officer at the scene smelled alcohol on the vice mayor’s breath, and administered a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test.  The vice mayor registered a .08 on the breathalyzer test, and was also asked to give a blood sample.  He was booked into the First Chance program which allows alternate punishments for DUI offenders instead of jail time.   After the arrest, Klein released a statement saying that he was not aware that he had been legally unfit to drive.

If this is Klein’s first offense, he may be looking at a minimum of three years of probation and $1,600 in fines and assessments.  He could also spend up to 48 hours in a county jail.  He may even temporarily lose his driver’s license, and the Department of Motor Vehicles will decide whether he should have a restricted driver’s license, allowing him to travel to work, or whether his driving privileges may be completely suspended for a few months.

Klein was in line to become the next mayor of San Carlos, after the recent death of the mayor of the city.  There is no indication yet if the DUI arrest will affect his chances of becoming mayor.

In many cases that California DUI attorneys come across, persons charged with DUI may not even have been aware that they were driving with intoxication levels above legal limits.  California has strong penalties for first-time DUI offenders in California.  Additionally, persons convicted of DUI must also know that there may be even more stringent penalties that will kick in if they are arrested for DUI again under California’s multiple DUI offense laws.

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