DUI Defense Lawyer in San Diego, CA
If a person drives a vehicle in San Diego while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both, they can face DUI charges. A DUI charge can have serious consequences. Even a first time offense can lead to jail time, steep fines and other harsh penalties. San Diego police are constantly patrolling for drivers who demonstrate signs of DUI. In 2010, over 200 people were convicted of DUI in San Diego Courts, according to the California DMV's annual 2011 report. Of those, almost half were for felony DUI offenses.
San Diego Criminal Court is located at:
220 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Phone: (619) 450-5400
Every year San Diego police receive grant money from organizations like the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). This money is used to increase DUI law enforcement. Common enforcement tactics include setting up sobriety checkpoints, adding additional DUI patrol officers on nights and weekends and performing warrant sweeps. These efforts are believed to catch drivers who are under the influence, educate the public on the dangers of DUI and discourage drivers from drinking and driving and drugging and driving.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for DUI in San Diego, there is important information that you should know. For example, you only have 10 days after arrest to file paperwork in order to request a hearing with the DMV. This hearing will be your only chance to fight the administrative license suspension that accompanies all DUI arrests. An experienced San Diego DUI lawyer can help you take care of this paperwork. You should also be aware of the negative consequences of a DUI conviction. Sentences include jail time, probation, community service, fines and fees, driving school, license suspension, and more. In 2010, 85% of all DUI offenders convicted in San Diego criminal court were sentenced to at least some jail time.
For many people a DUI charge is their first time in trouble with the law. Even a first time DUI offender with a clean record can face several days in jail, steep fines, a year of license suspension, 6 months of probation and community service. If you have been convicted of a DUI in the past 10 years and get charged with a second DUI, the penalties increase. They increase again if you are charged with a third DUI, and any subsequent DUIs can be charged as felony offenses! In 2010, there were 102 felony convictions in San Diego Court for felony DUI charges and 3.1% of fourth time offenders were sentenced to install ignition interlock devices (IID) in their vehicles. Felony convictions can lead to a year or more in jail, $5000 in fines, 5 years of license suspension and more.
There are many facets to DUI law and many special situations. If you have been arrested for a multiple DUI, felony DUI or any other special circumstance DUI in San Diego, it is important to hire an attorney who is well versed in all areas of California DUI law. For example, some city courts are more likely to reduce a suspect's charges or offer them a plea bargain while others will prosecute every case. In 2010, less than 1% of DUI charges were reduced to reckless driving in San Diego court.
- DUI Accidents
- DUI Injuries
- Under 21 DUI
- DUI and Drugs
- Commercial DUI
- Out of State DUI
San Diego DUI Defense Lawyers
When you are facing a DUI charge in San Diego, you will want to make sure you have the best legal help available. What sets Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP apart from other law firms is our dedication to defending our clients, not just coaching them to plea ‘guilty'. We know that all charges are defensible and we will stop at nothing to help our clients beat the charges and get the best possible results. We examine every case with our team of experts and look for weak areas. Then we challenge every bit of evidence the prosecution has in order to weaken their case. If we can successful challenge some of the evidence, the charges against you are a lot harder to prove. The strongest evidence in a DUI case is usually the sobriety test results. If we can establish doubt as to their validity, we can push to get the charges dropped.
If you have been arrested for DUI or a DUI related charge, call our office now. We will work hard for you and fight to help you beat the charges. The best way to avoid the harsh sentences of a DUI conviction is to avoid conviction altogether. Our attorneys know this and understand what defenses work the best and how to successfully challenge sobriety test results.