Also referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs is a serious criminal charge that can cost you:
- thousands of dollars
- your driver’s license
- your time, as community service is often part of a DUI sentence
- your freedom, should jail time be sentenced
- future career opportunities
In 2008, nearly 200,000 individuals were arrested for DUI in California. About three percent of these DUI arrests were filed as felonies. Regardless of whether a DUI is a felony or misdemeanor, it’s vital that anyone charged with DUI secure the aggressive, professional representation of one of the experienced DUI lawyers at the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc. We will thoroughly evaluate your individual circumstances and give you expert advice regarding the most appropriate manner in which to pursue your case.
What to Expect After DUI Charges are Filed When the police stop a car and suspect that the driver has been using alcohol or drugs, they will ask him or her to perform a field sobriety test and take a Breathalyzer test. Blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.08 and higher will warrant DUI charges and, in most cases, an immediate arrest. In the case of minors, a BAC of 0.01 or higher constitutes a DUI and will lead to an immediate suspension of their driver’s licenses.
Misdemeanor DUI charges are typically filed:
- for first-time offenders
- when no one has been injured or killed as a result of the DUI
- when there has been no (or minimal) property damage as a result of the DUI
Felony DUI charges are generally filed:
- when a person has multiple DUI convictions on his record (Three past DUI convictions within seven years can warrant felony charges)
- if a serious injury or death occurred as a result of the DUI
Getting You Through the Court Process After being charged with a DUI, you may be humiliated, upset or despondent. To ensure that you receive the best possible defense, secure the services of one of our esteemed DUI lawyers who will:
- Ask about the details of your case
- Give you a realistic expectation of what to expect from the court process
- Provide you with professional, aggressive representation in upcoming court proceedings
- Work with the DMV to address your license suspension issues
- Scrutinize the police reports and evidence against you to find any possible inconsistencies, illegalities or inaccuracies surrounding your arrest and the charges against you
Our ultimate goal is to get the charges against you reduced, if not dropped entirely so you can move on with your life. For more information, contact us today.