Vehicular Crimes

I defend people throughout the Sacramento area charged with a range of vehicular crimes. As a former major crimes prosecutor, I understand both sides of a criminal case. This allows me to build an effective defense that considers all angles of a case.

I will work with you individually throughout your case. Many defense firms delegate work to a less-experienced attorney. I understand the importance of handling your case personally, from start to finish.

California Vehicular Crimes

If you have been charged with any of the following vehicular crimes, contact me to discuss your case and your options:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Illegal racing / street racing / exhibition of speed
  • Hit and run
  • Carjacking
  • Driving without a license or with a suspended license
  • Evading arrest
  • DUI / DWI / drunk driving
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Rules for Uber and Lyft drivers

The penalties for a vehicular traffic offense vary depending on the severity of the crime. You may be facing more serious charges if any aggravating factors were involved. For example, charges may be more severe if an injury resulted from a DUI accident, or in some cases, if the defendant has a prior criminal record.

Most vehicular crime cases are supported by an abundance of police evidence. The police use sophisticated tools to collect evidence, which is then used by the prosecution to build a case. As a former prosecutor with nearly 20 years of experience in criminal law, I understand how to build an effective defense and challenge the prosecution's case.

Traffic Stops, Vehicle Searches, and Probable Cause

Most traffic stops involve citations for speeding or other violations of traffic laws. Every traffic stop requires probable cause - some evidence that a crime has been, or is being, committed. In addition, searches of vehicles by law enforcement require probable cause that evidence pertaining to illegal activity is present in the vehicle. Click here - or on the Traffic Stops and Vehicle Searches link to the left - for a detailed discussion of the law pertaining to these topics.

Laws for Uber and Lyft Drivers

New laws have gone into effect in California in 2017 regarding Uber and Lyft drivers. Violations of these new rules carry substantial penalties. As an experienced Sacramento criminal defense attorney, I can provide you the quality legal representation you need.

Assembly Bill 1289 applies to so-called transportation networks, such as Uber, Lyft, and any other organization that uses an online service to provide transportation for payment. Because these networks are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission, it is required that drivers be subject to background checks. AB 1289 mandates that transportation networks perform national and local background checks for every one of their drivers. If a prospective driver is registered on the U.S. Department of Justice Sex Offender Public Website; has been convicted of domestic violence or a misdemeanor battery or assault; has been convicted of a violent felony or a terrorism related felony within the last seven years; or has a DUI conviction, then that person may not contract with Uber or Lyft. In addition, any transportation network that does not comply with this law faces fines of $1,000 to $5,000 per offense.

Assembly Bill 2687 also pertains to transportation network drivers. Specifically, it imposes a maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04% for any driver who contracts with Uber, Lyft, or other transportation network company. This BAC is significantly lower than the standard of 0.08% for non-commercial drivers.

Free and Confidential Consultation

If you have been charged with a vehicular offense such as reckless driving, hit and run, or causing a DUI accident, contact me online or call me at (916) 442-1200 to discuss your defense options.