It is always in your best interest to consult a criminal defense lawyer as early as possible if you are charged with an offense. If you’ve been arrested for a first offense DUI, then you need to hire an attorney who can help navigate the complexities of California DUI law.
For someone with no legal experience or training, it is difficult to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case. DUI law is complicated and constantly changing, and the facts of every case are unique. You may be overwhelmed and scared by the process, worried about consequences, or worse yet, feel your fate is sealed.
Even if you are over the limit, there are many arguments your attorney can make on your behalf. Furthermore, the prosecution bears the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Whether or not you believe you have been wrongfully accused, David A. Stein will fight for you and empower you to know your rights.
Why you need an attorney
Contrary to what many people believe, a DUI is a serious offense; a misdemeanor crime that carries up to six months in county jail, court fees and fines, and community service. A good criminal defense attorney will work hard to help you avoid such penalties and punitive sentences. But even before your trial in court, you may be faced with problems for which you need to hire an attorney.
If you have been charged with a DUI in the State of California, the arresting officer might take your driver’s license and issue you a temporary pink one that is good for thirty days from the date of your arrest. After the 30-day period, your temporary license expires unless you schedule a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest and win at the hearing. If you lose or fail to schedule the hearing before that time, your driver’s license will be suspended pending the outcome of your criminal case.
Not only will an experienced DUI attorney defend you at your DMV hearing, but they will work to ensure your license will be reinstated. And before you step inside a courtroom, they will identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case in order to have charges against you dropped. They can also challenge the legality of the stop, the accuracy of the breathalyzer test, or ensure your charges are reduced to a lesser crime such as a reckless driving offense.
Should you be faced with a DUI, protect yourself and hire a good DUI defense attorney. Make sure your first offense is your last offense.
Make the right call
If you’re charged with a first offense DUI, will you be prepared to defend yourself in court? Could you determine if the prosecutor’s case against you is weak? Would you be able to successfully argue your charge to a lesser offense if needed? If the answer to these questions is no, then hire a skilled attorney to help you get the best possible outcome.
Whether you’re facing a minor misdemeanor or a serious felony, being convicted can severely impact your life, career, health and happiness. David A. Stein will review the facts of your case and determine whether a dismissal is possible, advocate on your behalf, or negotiate the best plea deal for you if you go to trial.
If you’re looking for an experienced DUI attorney in California, the law office of David A. Stein is here to help. Call for your free consultation today.