It Makes Sense To Fight A DUI Charge
Although the penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in California are stiff, a DUI conviction causes many more problems than those penalties alone. You may lose your driving privileges, it could negatively impact your employment, and, if you have previous DUI convictions, you may spend time in jail. If you injure someone as a result of an accident while driving drunk, you may face significant prison time. At a minimum, your auto insurance rate will increase, and you will pay a significant amount for mandatory classes that are required after a drunk driving conviction.
Separately, the DMV will take action against your license that can add additional penalties and increased driver’s license suspensions. Shevin Law Group has extensive experience in fighting the DMV and protecting your driving privilege in the event of a DUI arrest.
If you are arrested for drunk driving in Southern California, it makes sense to enlist the help of the knowledgeable DUI defense lawyers at Shevin Law Group. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of cumulative courtroom experience defending clients against DUI charges and numerous other criminal offenses. We understand how to minimize the impact of a DUI arrest.
Possible DUI Defenses
There are a number of ways to fight a drunk driving arrest. From the initial police stop through the introduction of evidence at trial, there are numerous steps where police make errors that could help in your defense. Cases can be dismissed completely, or charges can be reduced to keep a DUI off your record. Potential defenses include:
- Improper police stop
- Failure to follow the proper procedure in administering a field sobriety test, breath test or blood test
- Faulty equipment used for a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test
- Violations of rules of evidence
While there are similarities about DUI cases, each must be assessed on the unique facts of the case. It’s smart to enlist our services as soon as possible after your arrest. Call 818-784-2700 to provide us the details, and we will respond promptly.
Repeat Offenses Receive More Severe Penalties
California imposes more severe penalties for drunk driving offenders who have a previous drunk driving conviction within 10 years. This is one reason it is a good idea to keep an initial DUI off your record if possible. While a first offense is a misdemeanor that can result in the suspension of your driver’s license and time in jail, a second or subsequent offense will be treated much harsher. A second offense can result in the license suspension for up to two years and a jail sentence up to one year. A third offense can result in license suspension up to three years. Fourth DUI offenses and subsequent offenses result in felony charges and the possibility of a state prison sentence.
If you face the stiffer penalties of a second, third or even fourth offense, it is even more important to have experienced legal counsel in your corner. We know how to minimize the impact of these repeat arrests and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Let Us Review The Facts Of Your Case
Some of the most important moments for your DUI defense occur within the first 48 hours after an arrest. If the DMV is not contacted within the first 10 days, your license will be automatically suspended. Contact us as soon as possible, so we can protect your rights and begin investigating the specific details of your case. Call 818-784-2700 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.