Defending Clients from Severe Penalties
Being charged with a DUI can be a frightening experience, especially if it is your first criminal offense. Unlike other traffic violations, DUIs are criminal charges with criminal penalties. Depending on the nature of your charges, you could face jail time, probation, fines, and a driver’s license suspension.
Fortunately, all individuals are innocent until proven guilty. With assistance from our experienced legal defense team, you can protect your rights and reduce or remove the penalties you are facing for a DUI. It is essential to contact a legal team immediately, as a DUI conviction stays on your criminal record for life. To learn more about our services and receive a free consultation, contact the DUI Defense Group today at 866-927-3295.
What is a DMV Hearing?
When you are arrested for a DUI, the police will notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about your arrest. Once your charges are formally processed, the DMV will review your records to determine whether to suspend your license or not. If your license is suspended, you can request a DMV hearing to present evidence in your defense.
During your DMV hearing, the DMV will review your evidence and your criminal history. If you win this hearing, your license will be reinstated. If you lose this hearing or do not request a DMV hearing within ten days of your DUI arrest, your license will remain suspended.
DMV hearings are separate from the criminal process. The California DMV has the power to suspend or revoke your license if they believe you are a dangerous driver. The outcome of your DMV hearing has no bearing on whether you will be convicted of a DUI. However, DUI convictions can be used by the DMV to determine whether you should have your license revoked or not.
What Are the Potential Penalties for a DUI Conviction?
For most first-time offenders, DUIs are classified as misdemeanor charges. However, if your DUI involves bodily injury to another person or death, your charges may be increased to the felony level. Similarly, if you have prior DUI convictions on your record, you may face further penalties.
The most common penalties individuals face for a DUI conviction include:
- Six months driver’s license suspension
- Hefty fines
- Ignition interlock device (IID) installation
- Mandatory drug or alcohol education program
You may still be able to drive with your regular license if the court orders you to install an IID. IIDs measure your blood alcohol content level before they allow the vehicle to be turned on. If you have questions about IIDs and how they can be used for restricted driving purposes, contact our law office today.
What Are the Most Common Defense Strategies for a DUI Case?
There are many ways to defend yourself against a DUI. Our team will review the facts about your case and the nature of your charges to determine the best path forward for you.
Below are some of the most common defense strategies for a DUI case:
Lack of Probable Cause
Law enforcement officers must have probable cause to pull your vehicle over on a suspected DUI. If you were not swerving, speeding, or driving dangerously, our team could argue that your traffic stop was unlawful.
Medical conditions like strokes, diabetes, and mental health issues can mimic the signs of intoxication. Similarly, conditions like GERD and acid reflux can skew blood alcohol content results. Our team could present medical evidence in your defense.
Law officers are required to follow legal procedures when making an arrest. If your rights were violated, our team could argue that your entire case is unlawful.
How Can a DUI Defense Lawyer Help Me?
At the DUI Defense Group, we understand that facing a DUI charge can be challenging. A criminal conviction can uproot your life in many ways, leading to strained relationships, career challenges, and more. We are confident that with our vast legal experience, we can work with you to reduce or remove the criminal penalties you are facing.
Please don’t feel like you must navigate the criminal justice system alone. Call us today for a free consultation at 866-927-3295.