Driving under the influence can be costly – or worse, deadly. Thousands of Californians are injured or killed each year by intoxicated drivers, and even more are charged with DUI. If you are arrested and charged with DUI in California, it’s a serious charge, and you’ll need help from an experienced DUI defense attorney. The best policy, of course, is to avoid driving altogether after consuming alcohol (or any other intoxicant).

Technology is now emerging to help make sure drivers are sober before they get behind the wheel. Last year, for example, Apple released “BreathalEyes,” an app for “detecting and analyzing Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN),” the process by which the eye jerks and twitches on its own as the iris turns at a 45 degree angle while the person’s head remains motionless. The BreathalEyes app for the iPhone detects eye movement in the same way as field sobriety tests administered by the police. Of course, BreathalEyes comes with a disclaimer making it clear that each person reacts differently to alcohol and making clear that Apple is not legally responsible for any consequences of using an app intended “for entertainment purposes only.”

Other devices such as Sobercheck and Alcoguard are also now on the market. Although these apps provide additional tools to drivers, they are not guaranteed. If you’ve been drinking, it’s always better to let someone else drive. Southern California is the homes of scores of taxicab, car service, and limo companies. Several national designated-driver companies such as BeMyDD also operate in southern California. Don’t even think about the cost; even the most overpriced cab ride costs far less than what a DUI will cost you.

Your safety is a top priority. So is your freedom. A DUI conviction in California can result in loss of your driver’s license, fines, and even jail time. An experienced DUI defense attorney will safeguard your legal rights, strive to discredit the prosecution’s evidence and witnesses, and work to have your charge reduced or dropped altogether. If your case goes to trial, a good DUI defense lawyer will fight aggressively for your acquittal. If you face the charge, get the help you need and call an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately.