DUI Defense Options
After a DUI arrest, you may be considering your options. A lawyer can help you figure out how you want to handle your case. With the aid of an experienced attorney, you can fight the charges and get great results. Many people feel that the evidence against them is strong and there is no point in fighting, but that is where they are wrong. We believe that every case is defensible. Call us now to find out more.
The penalties for a DUI conviction are serious. Even a first time DUI conviction can result in a sentence of up to 6 months in jail and $1000 in fines. In addition, you can also face community service, probation, license suspension, DUI driving school, alcohol or drug treatment and more. If you have previously been convicted of DUI in the past 7 years, these penalties will be even steeper for each previous conviction. In fact, according to California DMV statistics, 74.1% of all DUI convictions resulted in some jail time in 2010. For the most serious DUI charges such as vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI charges are possible. The good news is, you have the option to fight. With the aid of an experienced lawyer, you can avoid conviction and preserve your future.
Building Your DUI Defense
One of the most common ways our attorneys defend their clients is by challenging the evidence. In most DUI cases, the main evidence is the results of the sobriety tests you have taken. These tests can be inaccurate and an experienced lawyer knows how to expose these errors. Preliminary breath tests used by California police to check BAC levels during the stop can make errors if they are not calibrated correctly. The results can also be affected by food in your system and other factors. Blood tests are commonly taken to measure BAC levels as well. We can request you sample be re-tested at an independent lab to make sure the results are accurate. In addition, we will check to make sure the sample has been preserved correctly. We will make the prosecution work hard to prove every piece of evidence against you is accurate.
Another popular defense method is to look at the circumstances surrounding your arrest. In order for you to be arrested for DUI, you must first be stopped by police. This can happen either by a sobriety checkpoint that has been set up or by police pulling you over. If you are stopped at a roadblock, there are certain protocols the police must have used to set it up. Your attorney can check to make sure these procedures were followed. If you were stopped while driving, the officer must have had an articulable reason for stopping you such as you had committed a driving error. Leaving a bar at a late hour is not a valid reason for stopping a driver. If we can prove that California police had no valid reason for stopping you, your charges may be dismissed.
Hiring a hard working legal team is always a good idea. Even if you believe that you will be found guilty no matter what, there is still a lot a lawyer can do for you. When your lawyer is working for you and the prosecutor sees that you have a strong defense, they will be more likely to give you a good deal. This can mean dismissal or reduction of charges or a plea deal. A plea deal is when you agree to plead guilty in exchange for a pre-agreed upon sentence. In many cases this involves pleading guilty to alcohol realted reckless driving or "a wet reckless" instead of DUI. According to California DMV data for 2010, there were actually more wet reckless convictions than DUI. If you are not happy with your offer, our lawyers never hesitate to take your case to trial and work to get you a ‘not guilty' verdict.
One of the first things an attorney can do for you is assist you in stopping the automatic license suspension process that begins when you are arrested for DUI. After an arrest, the officer will take your license and issue you a 30 day temporary license. If you do nothing, you will lose your license to drive after 30 days. The only way to stop this administrative suspension process is to request a hearing with the DMV within 10 days. In 2011, there were 79,302 first time DUI offenders sentenced to 4 months of license suspension. You attorney can help you do this as well as represent you in this hearing. During this hearing, your attorney will argue: That you were not impaired while driving the vehicle That the police stop was not lawful
DUI Defenses in Los Angeles
We are dedicated to building strong defenses for our clients. We work hard every day to fight DUI charges for people just like you. Our attorneys have the experience and legal knowledge needed to win cases. If you have been arrested for DUI in California and are serious about fighting your charges, call our office now. Best of all, we offer free consultations to all of our potential DUI clients.