California Vehicle Code

The California Vehicle Code contains all laws relating to motor vehicles, including DUI laws.

Since 1913, the State of California has had laws regulating the use of motor vehicles. By the 1930s the rules became so complex that they needed to be codified into their own book of statutes, and the California Vehicle Code was born. The Vehicle Code includes all of the laws relating to DUI in California.

Other topics covered by the Vehicle Code include:

  • Traffic laws and penalties for violating them
  • Criminal laws (including DUI), such as vehicle theft, reckless driving, etc.
  • Regulations for vehicle registration and driver’s licenses
  • The rules governing the State DMV
  • The rules governing the California Highway Patrol

The Vehicle Code is complicated and difficult to interpret without legal training. Many sections are administrative and only a few relate directly to DUI. But of those, there are multiple codes defining different types of DUI. You can be convicted because you were “over the legal limit” of .08 BAC, or you can be convicted even if you were within the legal limit, if you were clearly intoxicated. Other DUIs specify special penalties or restrictions for drivers under 21, commercial drivers, and individuals with previous DUIs or on DUI probation.

We have pulled together the most important DUI laws from the California Vehicle Code and explain each one in layman’s terms here. There are also some rules from the California Penal Code that may affect you.

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