Don’t just resign yourself to DUI penalties. Fight back with help from an experienced DUI attorney.
A DUI has the potential to be very disruptive to your life. If you do not get help from an experienced DUI attorney immediately after your arrest, it is all but certain that you will lose your driving privileges for some period of time. There are two different ways that this can happen:
DMV License Suspension: Any time a driver is arrested for DUI of alcohol, the DMV will automatically begin an administrative license suspension process. You only have 10 days after your arrest to request a DMV hearing, which will provide you the opportunity to contest the suspension with help from your DUI defense attorney. Otherwise, 30 days after your arrest, your license will be automatically suspended for a period of at least 4 months.
Criminal Charges: Regardless of the outcome of your DMV hearing, you will also face criminal charges for your DUI. Depending on the type of DUI you are charged with and whether or not you are a repeat offender, you can face penalties including jail time, fines, DUI school, and, at minimum, a 6 month suspension of your license.
At Chambers Law Firm, we provide top-quality representation for both DMV and criminal proceedings. No matter how daunting the charges against you may seem, we will not give up on you. Instead, we will work hard to resolve your case in the most advantageous manner possible.
Types of DUI Charges
Per Se DUI: Any time you have a BAC at or above the legal limit of .08, you are automatically assumed to be too impaired to drive and you will be charged with a DUI. There is no need for the prosecution to prove that your judgement or motor skills were actually impaired.
Driving Under the Influence: Even if your BAC is below the legal limit, you could be charged with a DUI if the prosecution can show that your ability to drive was impaired by alcohol. This charge is relatively rare because it is difficult for the prosecution to secure a conviction relying solely on the observations and opinions of the arresting officer.
Underage DUI: California has a zero tolerance policy for underage drivers. If you are under 21 and you are caught with any amount of alcohol in your system, you will be charged with underage DUI.
Multiple DUIs: For every DUI conviction that you get in a 10-year period, you will face increasingly severe penalties. This makes it especially important to fight each and every DUI charge aggressively, whether it is your first or your fourth.
DUI with Injury: If, while driving under the influence of alcohol, you broke a traffic law or otherwise acted recklessly or negligently and someone was injured as a result, you could be charged with the offense of DUI with injury.
Vehicular Manslaughter/Homicide: When a drunk driving accident takes someone’s life, you can be charged with vehicular manslaughter and, under particularly egregious situations, second degree murder. However, if you are a repeat DUI offender you could face the more serious charge of DUI murder.
Featured Case Result
DUIThe client was facing felony DUI charges and substantial custody time for a serious rear-end accident on the freeway, and had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. Through the strategic use of motions to suppress the blood results, expert witness opinions, and aggressive cross-examination of the arresting officer during the preliminary hearing that exposed significant inadequacies in the investigation, Chambers Law Firm was able to resolve the case for a misdemeanor and no jail time.
We Know All the Best DUI Defense Strategies
After many years of experience and countless DUI cases, we know all the most effective strategies for disproving all kinds of DUI charges. As your DUI defense attorney, we will thoroughly investigate your case to determine the best legal strategy for your specific case.
For example, we may be able to argue that:
The DUI Stop Was Illegal: If law enforcement pulls you over without probable cause or stops you at a DUI checkpoint that does not meet all the legal requirements, they have violated your rights. Any DUI charges arising from the incident will have to be dropped.
The Breathalyzer or Blood Test Was Administered Incorrectly: There are specific rules and guidelines for how breath and blood tests must be given. If these rules are not followed, the results of the test cannot be trusted. For example, if the arresting officer fails to carefully observe you for 15 minutes before administering a breath test, it will be possible to argue that the equipment measured mouth alcohol from a recent drink, burping, or vomiting rather than your blood alcohol.
Medical Problems Interfered with the Breathalyzer Results: There are dozens of medical issues that can put alcohol-like compounds on your breath, which a breathalyzer will incorrectly count towards your BAC. This often happens to diabetics, long term smokers, alcoholics, acid reflux sufferers, and people who are on a fasting diet.
Alleged Signs of Intoxication Had an Innocent Explanation: Slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, suspicious driving patterns, unsteadiness on your feet, and failing field sobriety tests are all considered possible indications that a driver is under the influence. However, all of these supposed signs of intoxication can also have innocent explanations, such as fatigue, illness, or nervousness.
Even if the evidence against you is very strong, you still need to hire a DUI defense attorney to handle your case. With our help, it may be possible to secure a plea deal that will either reduce the charge against you to something much less severe (such as a wet reckless or a dry reckless) or reduce the penalties you face.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
Remember, there is no need to face any kind of DUI charge alone when you can get affordable and effective representation from Chambers Law Firm. To learn more about how we can help as your DUI defense attorney, please contact us at 714-760-4088 and request your free initial consultation.