Driving under the influence (DUI), also known commonly as Drunk Driving, is a serious criminal offense. In addition to misdemeanor or felony criminal charges, driving privileges may be at stake as a result of an Administrative Action by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A conviction for DUI can also result in further DMV action.
DUI cases can be further complicated by these factors:
- Refusal to take the breathalyzer test or field sobriety test;
- Belligerent behavior and resisting arrest;
- Being under 21 or a juvenile at the time of the arrest;
- Driving under the influence of drugs;
- Extremely high blood alcohol levels;
- An accident resulting in injury, property damage, hit and run allegation;
- Children in the vehicle;
- Prior convictions.
Not only is your driving privilege at stake, but you could do substantial time in custody, pay high fines, attend lengthy alcohol programs, have an interlock device put on your vehicle, be put on a lengthy probation, among other consequences.
No two DUI cases are alike; it takes a defense attorney with years of experience with DUI matters of all types to deal with the nuances of your particular case. Experience does count when fighting a DUI in California. The Law Offices of Paula Drake has twenty five years of experience in dealing with the courts and the DMV in every type of DUI case.
It is imperative that you contact Criminal Defense Attorney Paula Drake as soon as possible after the arrest, as the DMV hearing must be scheduled within ten days of the arrest in order for you to continue driving pending the outcome of the administrative hearing and fight an order of administrative suspension.
Paula Drake will review your case and provide you with a full understanding of what you can expect as a result of your DUI arrest. We have the experience to handle your administrative hearing and your court case to get you the best possible outcome. Paula Drake is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney.