MARTINEZ -- The misdemeanor drunken-driving trial for South Californian Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, 37, will begin in a Martinez courtroom on Wednesday.
The trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday in Walnut Creek, but it was postponed after a judge learned that it is estimated to take more than twice as long as the typical DUI trial.
Hernandez, D-West Covina, is charged in Contra Costa Superior County with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving stemming from a March 27 arrest in Concord. Police said a blood test showed that Hernandez drove with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the legal limit in California.
Hernandez, who attests he was not drunk, said his attorney will put on evidence that Contra Costa has problems with its blood-alcohol testing process and analysis.
That attorney, Peter Johnson, told a judge Tuesday that, with the expert witnesses that he'll be calling, that he expects Hernandez's trial to take around six days.
Defendants convicted in a misdemeanor DUI trial face punishments that could include two days in County Jail, probation, and license suspension, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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