I use my 24 years of experience to help my clients aggressively and effectively fight drunk driving charges. Representing clients from throughout the Sacramento region, I bring an aggressive defense that uses strategies gained from my 15 years as a criminal defense lawyer and previous experience as a deputy district attorney. Conviction for drunk driving carries with it severe penalties that can include suspension of your driver license, stiff fines, and time in jail or prison. My knowledge and experience help my clients fight suspension of driving privileges and the possibility of incarceration.
I spend the time to work individually with each of my clients who are facing DUI charges so we can craft a defense that fits their unique circumstances. If you’re facing DUI charges, take the time to ask questions of the attorneys you talk with. What makes my practice different is that I do not bring on clients and then hand them over to less experienced junior attorneys. I provide personal attention to my clients, learning the specific details of their cases and devising a defense strategy particular to them. I will handle your case from beginning to conclusion, including court appearances, DMV Admin Per Se hearings, and conferences with the District Attorney’s Office. When you read through testimonials from my former clients, it’s this combination of experience and personal attention that has mattered to them as we have worked to fight the charges and repair their lives.Comprehensive Criminal Defense Services
My goal in handling all my clients’ cases is to have charges dismissed. With nearly twenty-five years of experience, I know how the court systems work in each of the counties in the Sacramento region - Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado - and can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case and give an assessment of the chances of avoiding conviction. From illegal searches to unreliable field sobriety tests to bad traffic stops to blood test evidence, I also work with top investigators to interview witnesses, gather evidence from the scene of the arrest, and review video surveillance. I examine and attack every potentially weak aspect of the prosecution’s case.California DUI Penalties
With the law in California pertaining to drunk driving evolving each year, it’s critical to have the representation of a defense attorney who has substantive experience. You can be facing fines, license suspension, probation, time in jail or prison, all depending on the particular details of your case and whether you have previous DUI violations. For detailed information on the variety and severity of DUI penalties, click here or on the link to the right.Court Proceedings versus DMV Hearings
It’s important to understand that if you have been arrested for drunk driving, you actually face two separate and distinct reviews of your case, both of which can result in penalties. One review is the court proceeding that most people are familiar with from watching television and movies. In these court proceedings, prosecuting attorneys present witnesses and evidence in an attempt to convict the accused of violating the law, while the defense attorney works to prevent conviction and instead get an acquittal or reduction of charges. The other less well known review is the Admin Per Se hearing conducted through the Department of Motor Vehicles. In this hearing, a DMV Hearing Officer oversees a review of the facts of the arrest and attempts to determine whether there is sufficient evidence that the arrested person was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher. If there is sufficient evidence, then the driver license is suspended with the length of the suspension dependent on the facts of the incident and whether the defendant has previous drunk driving convictions. (Click here for a detailed explanation of the DMV hearing process.) The key thing to keep in mind is that each of these proceedings - the court case and the DMV hearing - is conducted separately and the outcome of one has no influence on the outcome of the other. So it is possible for a person to be found not guilty in a court case but still have their driver license suspended through the DMV Admin Per Se hearing process. Or it is possible to be found guilty in the court case but win at the DMV hearing. Our goal is to avoid a court conviction and a DMV license suspension.Ignition Interlock Device Laws
Beginning in 2010 in California, people convicted of drunk driving faced new laws regarding the installation on their vehicles of Ignition Interlock Devices (IID). A 2nd or 3rd drunk driving conviction anywhere throughout California means you have the option of installing an IID in exchange for a shorter license suspension period. However, there is a separate test program in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Alameda, and Tulare counties that requires the installation of IIDs for all DUI convictions. Click here for a complete description of these new laws.
Related DUI ChargesIn addition to standard drunk driving cases, I have the experience and legal knowledge to defend your rights against related charges:
- Felony DUI
- DUID (driving under the influence of drugs)
- Reckless driving (wet or dry)
- Other vehicular crimes
The law regarding drunk driving in California is complex and the penalties severe. Call me at (916) 442-1200 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Evening, weekend, and out-of-office appointments are available for your convenience.