DUI Attorney in Sunnyvale
Legal Repercussions for a DUI Conviction
The legal team at The Law Offices of Adam Allen Arant strives to fully answer your questions and concerns regarding your recent arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you understand the DUI court process and the options that are available to you, a better choice can be made as to how to proceed. An individual might ask, " Do I need a DUI lawyer?" if it is a first time DUI, out of state or underage DUI. Those who have multiple DUI offenses and have suffered the punishments involved already understand the need for knowledgeable representation from a dedicated Sunnyvale DUI lawyer. A more pertinent question may be what makes it so urgent that you retain an attorney quickly. We urge you to read on to see what lies ahead after your arrest.
Per statistics released by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), prosecutors in our state convict 75% of those charged with a DUI. When you plea or are found guilty of a DUI, the penalties can include mandatory alcohol awareness classes, license suspension, rehabilitation, large fines, community service and incarceration in jail or prison. In some cases, the installation of an ignition interlock device will be ordered by the court. Additionally, you will have a DUI on your permanent criminal record which can adversely affect employment, educational opportunities and obtaining vehicle insurance plus other key areas of concern to you and your loved ones.
The alternative is to use a firm, like ours, who is committed to treating you with dignity and in an ethical manner, while working tirelessly to provide the best resolution possible to your case. Effective DUI defense from a Sunnyvale DUI attorney is possible and there are many alternatives to receiving the maximum sentence provide by California DUI laws.
Where possible, we work to get the charges against you quickly dismissed. When this is not achievable, negotiations with a prosecutor may result in your charges being reduced, thus lessening the eventual penalties you face. For some, the most favorable result may be to attend alcohol rehabilitation or counseling so that harsher penalties can be prevented. Frequently, jail time can be avoided if the correct legal actions are taken on time.
Finding Errors in Police Procedures
An attorney may tell you that they will get you off no matter what but this is not an honest or accurate assessment of all DUI cases. If the circumstances of your case make it so that you will be found guilty, despite any legal actions on your behalf, a Sunnyvale DUI attorney can still work to assist you towards a better situation. It is possible, per the law, for an expungement of your DUI record to take place. Actions such as the successful completion of the terms of your probation and others can help set this process in motion. We know how to prepare the necessary paperwork required in our state and see that it is properly filed. Expunging your DUI record can make it much easier to obtain meaningful employment and allow you to legally say "no" to questions regarding a conviction for DUI.
Regardless of whether your arrest was based on a traffic stop or behavior that law enforcement considered consistent with intoxicated driving, there are two separate legal actions that were immediately begun against you. One is the criminal case based on your charges. The other is a DMV hearing to decide whether your license will be suspended and if so, for how long. You have only 10 days to request your DMV hearing or face an automatic suspension of your driving privileges for a year. An accomplished lawyer may be able to prevent your license being suspended or reduce the time involved, if you are represented at your DMV hearing. In addition, this hearing allows us to see the evidence in your case and permits us to make well thought-out recommendations as to how to reach a positive outcome to the charges against you.
Our firm resolves all kinds of DUI cases including felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, charges involving injury to others, commercial DUI and more. Breath and blood tests, field sobriety tests and other police procedures are not mistake free and should never be taken as absolute proof that you will be found guilty. Errors in police methods in DUI cases are not uncommon. A prosecutor can fail to follow the letter of the law in a courtroom setting, allowing an alert lawyer to take advantage. In Sunnyvale, the police are involved in anti-DUI efforts during high risk periods such as holidays and are working hard to locate and prosecute DUIs. If you want to give yourself the best chance for a favorable conclusion to your case, we invite you to meet with us as soon as possible.
If you have been arrested for DUI, quickly contact a Sunnyvale DUI attorney from our firm to discuss your case and how your charges can be defended.