...and being in California and having a .08 blood alcohol for a second time within a year, he got sent to one of the most notorious prisons (mostly gang members) for a year. The news came as a shock to the community as he was a so-called pillar and VP of a fortune 500 company. This is the law and he knew, like most Californians know, that you don't drive drunk and don't even drive buzzed, and you get nailed big time if it's a second offense, especially in one year. My east coast friend, from a state I won't mention, claims a .08 ba twice (as was the case with my computer client) would not render a year in prison in his state nor would it have in California many years ago. We had a disagreement over the sentence and he thought California was too harsh. We did agree that the proposed .01 ba being considered "drunk" in California may be overboard. Other than that, an entire drink then behind the wheel is too much imho. Without going through an exhaustive research project into lex-nex, I will take his word for it about California tending towards being "more" lenient in the past as opposed to today. What are your thoughts on drunk driving? a year in prison with .08 ba twice in 12 months? how about with significantly higher ba level?