San Diego, CA DUI Defense Attorneys – DUI Crew

What are my Options?

Unless you are willing to accept the maximum DUI penalties, it is absolutely necessary to ask the judge for time to find and hire an attorney. A qualified legal representative will help you to explore the various DUI defense options including pursuit of case dismissal, plea bargain negotiation, and trying the case in court.

Is it Possible to Win a California DUI Case?

The simple answer here is yes. The attorneys at the San Diego DUI Crew have an extensive track record of fighting and winning their DUI cases. It’s not only possible to get DUI charges reduced, but in some cases it is possible to get them entirely dismissed. Several DUI defenses have been proven successful in prior cases including challenging blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measurements and arguing constitutional violations.

The lawyers at San Diego DUI Crew will systematically review police reports for any inconsistencies and lapses in their procedures. We will also request complete disclosure pertaining to the device used to test your blood alcohol concentration level (BAC), the personnel involved in the maintenance and operation of the device, and their lab certification.

What are the Penalties for California DUI Conviction?

Possible penalties for a San Diego DUI include:
Incarceration from a few days in county jail to several years in a California state prison
Probation – either formal (with a probation officer) or an informal probation
Monetary damages in the form of fines, penalties, and restitution
Restriction, suspension or revocation of your California Driver License
Mandatory attendance at treatment programs
Car impoundment
Installation of ignition interlock device (IID)
The imposition and severity of these various DUI penalties can vary depending on if there are prior DUI convictions and the circumstances of the case at hand.

In addition to state sanctions and penalties, DUI convictions usually result in significantly higher insurance premiums, and in some cases can affect your employment too.

What Will Happen at Court?

Located on your ticket, or somewhere in your paperwork, the date, time and location of your first court appearance will be listed. If you haven’t hired a lawyer by then, you need to attend court on that date and time. Following the attorney-represented cases, the judge will start calling on the non-attorney cases.

The judge will ask you to enter a plea to the charges you are facing. You must plead either not guilty or guilty. Depending on what you plea, the judge will ask you some questions to determine whether you want to waive your constitutional rights, including your right to a speedy trial.

If you plead guilty, it is likely that the judge will pass the sentence immediately. Depending on the charges that you are facing, the county that you are charged in, and the judge, the time of this sentence may vary. Most DUI crimes require, at minimum, some time in jail or a program in lieu of jail time, a drunk driver program, a substantial fine, and time on probation.

Why must I Contact the California DMV within ten days of My Arrest?

After you have been arrested for a San Diego DUI, you are facing two different proceedings – the DMV and the court system. You need to contact the California DMV to request an Administrative Hearing within 10 days of your arrest to protect your driving privileges. Even if you spent time in jail, or it was on a weekend, you still only have 10 calendar days to request an Administrative Hearing with the DMV. Temporary driver licenses issued to DUI defendants will expire after 30 days, but driving privileges will be extended until a DMV hearing has been held and a decision is rendered.

If you win the California DMV hearing, your driving privileges will be protected until the courts determine a decision.

Can California DMV Administrative Hearings be Won?

DUI Crew has much experience defending and winning California DMV Administrative Hearings. In order for your driving privilege in California to be restricted, the DMV Hearing Officer must determine three things:
Who was driving the vehicle
Whether the police officer had a “reasonable cause” to pull over and arrest the driver of the vehicle (which can be a complicated legal question)
Whether the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above (which is open to many challenges)
A knowledgeable defense possibly including expert witnesses can bring up some serious questions about one or more of these criteria.

How Long Will All This Take?

Unless you are willing to plead guilty at the first court hearing, the process of a DUI defense can take a minimum of several months. A DUI case that is rather complicated can last several months to a year as they wind through the court and DMV systems. Felony DUI cases (involving accidents or injury) or cases with several priors may endure for several years. When working with DUI Crew, upon reviewing the individual circumstances of your case during a Free DUI Defense Consultation, we will provide you a time estimate.

What are the Costs Involved?

There are many potential costs that come with getting a San Diego DUI including court costs, fines, attorney fees, expert witnesses, traffic school, and increased insurance premiums. Even in the best circumstance where all charges are dropped, after getting arrested for a DUI you can expect to pay a minimum of several thousand dollars for various expenses. More complex DUI cases can be well over ten thousand dollars after insurance, fines, and defense fees are taken into consideration.

DUI Crew will review these circumstances during a Free DUI Defense Consultation, which lets you know exactly what your attorney fees will be before retaining us.

Why should I Hire DUI Crew?

For several years, we have been committed to providing premium DUI defense at a reasonable rate. San Diego DUI defense is what we specialize in, and we do it well.

You will get the DUI lawyers who know the law, have a proven track record of successful San Diego DUI defense, and are willing to go the distance for you.

If you are charged with a DUI in San Diego, contact an attorney at DUI Crew today!

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