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If you have been arrested for DUI, you can take some comfort in the fact that the night you spent in jail might be the worst of the punishment you will face. However, with regards to the lifelong consequences that will result from having a criminal conviction on your record, the battle has just begun. How this arrest affects your future depends entirely on how you approach the case right now.
The first step following a DUI arrest is finding the right criminal defense attorney for your specific case. Even if you do not to hire an attorney and ultimately decide use a public defender, it is imperative that you at least speak to an attorney immediately to discuss your options. Bear in mind these few very important rules to adhere to when hiring a DUI defense attorney.
DUI is Prosecuted Under California Vehicle Code sections 23152(a) and 23152(b)
- 23152(a) simply means you were driving under the influence. You can be convicted for this even if your BAC is below 0.08%.
- 23152(b), even if you are driving perfectly well, you may still be charged with DUI under this section, simply by having the high BAC.
Peter Blair was an outstanding lawyer. I was thoroughly impressed with his knowledge and commitment in getting the best possible outcome in my case. I had gotten into a car accident and was charged with a DUI after blowing a .086. Peter was able to get all charges dismissed. During this incredibly stressful time he was also thoughtful and caring to my feelings and was able to ease my stress and assured me that he would do what it takes to get the best possible results. I am truly thankful I chose him as my attorney and would highly recommend him to anyone. –DUI Client
When Hiring an Attorney Consider the Following
When contacting an attorney’s office, it is crucial that you speak to the attorney who is going to be representing you in court. Many times, firms will have a group of non-attorney œcase managers sign up cases for them. Other times you may meet with the lead attorney, but will be represented in court by a less experienced associate attorney. The attorney you believe you hired may not ever set eyes on the case.
When the case proceeds to court, you will not have the opportunity to speak to the prosecutor or the judge. Your attorney will be your mouthpiece, your advocate, and the only line of defense preventing the state from punishing you to the fullest extent of the law. It is imperative that you feel comfortable your attorney will accurately represent you and your good character. You must be absolutely confident that they are taking your case as serious as you do. This is rule number one. The passion with which an attorney advocates on your behalf is sometimes the most important factor in achieving the best possible result.
Do Not Overpay
This is a very traumatic experience for you. Many attorneys recognize your vulnerability and smell blood in the water. Attorney fees for a first-time DUI range from $750.00 to $7,500.00. Generally, in the broad world of criminal defense, you get what you pay for. However, DUI cases are unique in that some are won with minimal effort, while others take an extraordinary amount of work. In some cases, it is entirely possible you will obtain the same result with a first year public defender as you would with a high priced veteran DUI specialist. Do not assume that because you are hiring a high priced DUI attorney you will obtain a better result.
Also, never pay an attorney upfront to represent you at trial unless you are certain you are going to trial. Trial preparation is very expensive. Many DUI cases do not go to trial, as they can either be dismissed or settled for a very favorable outcome before trial becomes necessary. You may pay thousands in unused trial fees that will not be refunded to you. Speak to a number of attorneys first to determine the value of your case. Then hire the attorney you feel will obtain the absolute best result possible.
I am an Expert on Search and Seizure, DUI Science and Your Case
Some DUI cases are incredibly complicated. Others are very simple. If the search and seizure was unlawful, and there was no probable cause to stop your vehicle, the case can be dismissed. If it is determined that there was probable cause for the stop, then the case essentially boils down to three questions:
- Were you driving?
- At the time of driving, were you under the influence?
- At the time of driving, did you have a BAC of 0.08% or higher?
The first job of the prosecutor is to prove that you were the one behind the wheel. Many DUI trials are won by either proving that you were not the one driving, or by preventing the prosecutor from admitting evidence that might otherwise suggest you were. If driving is not at issue, your attorneys scientific knowledge in beating the BAC tests is going to be the difference in beating the case. Even during the negotiation period, we are dissecting the science of your case. We then use our findings as a negotiation tool to threaten the prosecutors hope of success at trial, unless they agree to a favorable result.
It is a three leveled approach of suppression of evidence aimed toward dismissal, negotiation using material representing your good character, and using the threat of trial to pressure the prosecution into giving you what you want. It is a strategy our firm continues to use to obtain unmatched results in DUI cases.
“The man you want in your corner”
If anyone is foolish enough or unlucky enough to find themselves in a situation where they need a lawyer then I highly recommend Peter Blair. He is professional, skilled, available and goes above and beyond for his clients. I believe he obtained the best possible outcome in my case better than I could have hoped. Posted by a DUI Client
If you have recently been arrested and cited for driving under the influence (DUI), or operating under the influence (OUI) or any other drinking and operating a vehicle violation, Attorney Peter Blair is your best choice, contact us now for a free consultation.
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