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How Our Criminal Attorneys Help with DUI Charges

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San Jose criminal defense attorneys, DUI charges, suspended license, DUI cases, DUI penaltiesDriving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medications, or any illegal substance is a serious matter in California. The state has some of the harshest DUI penalties, which include heavy fines, lengthy driver’s license suspensions, and potential mandatory minimum jail sentences.

If you are arrested and charged with any type of DUI, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney working on your case. While you may think you are saving yourself money and can defend these charges on your own, it can have long ranging impacts on every area of your life, jeopardizing your freedom and financial security.

California DUI Laws

Under the California Motor Vehicle Code, it is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance. Regular motor vehicle drivers can be charged with a DUI if their blood or breath alcohol content (BAC) test registers .08 percent or higher. For commercial vehicle operators, including taxi and Uber or Lyft drivers, they can be charged with a BAC of .04 percent. For those under the age of 21, any amount of alcohol is illegal under California’s Zero Tolerance policy.

Once you are arrested, bail will be set and a hearing date will likely be assigned. Your driver’s license will automatically be suspended. If you end up being convicted on your charges, a first offense DUI in California carries the following potential penalties:

  • License suspension of four months or longer, subject to reinstatement fees;
  • Up to six months jail sentence;
  • Fines of up to $1,000 or more, in addition to court costs and other charges;
  • Mandatory participation in a drug and alcohol education program, for which you will be responsible for payment;
  • Mandatory community service requirements;
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device, which tests your BAC before allowing you to operate the vehicle.

In addition, DUI charges appear on your criminal record, making it difficult to obtain a job, loan, or lease. They also appear on your driving record, causing your insurance to skyrocket. In the event you get another alcohol related driving charge, criminal penalties increase dramatically and could result in a lengthy jail sentence and complete revocation of your driving privileges.

How Our San Jose DUI Attorneys Can Help You

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, it is important to contact our San Jose DUI attorneys immediately, before making any statements or accepting any plea agreements. We can begin working immediately to strategize a strong criminal defense on your behalf. Actions we often take in DUI cases include:

  • Reviewing the circumstance surrounding the traffic stop;
  • Reviewing the circumstances surrounding your arrest and detainment;
  • Reviewing your BAC test results and checking testing procedures and equipment; and
  • Speaking with the officer involved and the prosecuting attorney, in the hopes of getting the charges dropped or reduced.

At Jachimowicz Law Group, we have the experience and skill you need to protect you when facing DUI charges. Reach out and contact our passionate San Jose criminal defense attorneys today to discuss how we may be able to help you.

Sources:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&sectionNum=23152

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/0a201372-f85a-4cca-8f92-fcbf34ea74c2/iid_pilot_program_q-a.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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