Just because you were charged with driving under the influence does not mean you will automatically be convicted on the charges. Many California DUI case can be successfully fought to avoid a conviction. Law enforcement agencies botch roadside investigations. Blood tests and breathalyzers are prone to mistakes. Medical conditions can result in false high blood alcohol content (BAC) results. An experienced Central Valley DUI defense lawyer can capitalize on these issues to successfully dismiss DUI charges against you.
Steps You Can Take To Help Your Case and Avoid a DUI Conviction
The most important step you can take in helping avoid a DUI conviction is not to speak to the law enforcement agency about your arrest or charges without an attorney present. Any statements you make can, and often will, be used against you.
It is also important for you to pay attention to the details of your arrest. The drunk driving charges against you can be thrown out if the police made any errors during your arrest. Below are examples of some errors police can make that can result in the dismissal of a DUI charge:
- Errors made during the administration of a field sobriety test
- Pulling you over on the road without having probable cause
- Failing to read your Miranda Rights
- Coercing you into making a decision or doing something
It is best to always follow the officer’s directions and not to argue. You should calmly and politely ask to speak with an attorney.
Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Drunk driving convictions can have dire consequences and impact all aspects of your life, especially your financial and professional life. The actual penalties you will face depend on different factors. The “aggravating factors”, which are the facts of your case and your characteristics, generally come into play during plea bargaining or jury verdicts.
However, the maximum and minimum penalties that the judge can impose are set by state statute. The sentencing varies depending on the number of prior drunk driving convictions you have on your record.
Call an Experienced Central Valley DUI Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you learn your legal rights and options.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley drunk driving defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call 209-323-5558 or complete our online form.