Are you facing charges for DUI? There are numerous steps to the process in court, at the DMV office, and outside the courtroom.
At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our DWI attorneys have defended countless DUI cases at the pretrial and trial stages. Ronald MacGregor & Randy Collins have over 40 years of combined experience helping California drunk driving defendants obtain case dismissals as well as not guilty verdicts. Call 888-250-2865 to obtain a free DUI case evaluation and find out what your options are.
The DUI Arrest
An officer when conducting a traffic stop can ask drivers to submit to a field sobriety test, based on reasonable suspicions of DUI. These suspicions include that the driver was swerving the car relentlessly, he/she was driving too fast or too slow, or the driver failed to observe a stop sign. There are several other reasons that a police officer can cite as being a valid reason to pull you over and evaluate you for driving while intoxicated. A skilled defense attorney may be able to expose an arresting officer’s actions as being unlawful. Under these circumstances, you may be able to have the evidence obtained during your arrest thrown out.
Standard Field Sobriety Tests Include:
- The One Leg Stand
- The Horizontal Gaze
- The Walk and Turn
Breathalyzer or Chemical Testing:
After a failed sobriety test, the officer most likely moved on to a chemical test (involving blood, urine or breath testing) – for measurements of blood alcohol toxicity.
Failure to submit to chemical testing results in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. However, a lawyer can submit a request for independent chemical testing at another facility besides the county jail, due to numerous incidences of equipment malfunctioning.
Fines and Penalties for DUI:
If found guilty, DUI offenders can face the following penalties
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Informal probation between 3-5 years
- DUI school
- License suspension of up to 6 months
DUI Process Assistance
If you are facing DUI charges for violating any DUI vehicle codes, the attorneys at MacGregor & Collins can help formulate a DUI defense strategy that can help you. Many defendants mistakenly assume that positive results from a blood alcohol test will automatically result in a conviction. This is a common misconception that is not true. If you are determined to fight your case and keep a DUI conviction off of your criminal record, contacting an experienced drunk driving attorney can help. Call 888-250-2865 or fill out our contact form to speak with an experienced attorney about your case for free.