ALAMEDA COUNTY DUIs ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COUNTIES
Alameda County has many wonderful cities: Oakland, Pleasanton, Hayward, Dublin, Berkeley, Livermore, San Leandro, Union City, Newark and Piedmont are just some of them.
Alameda County handles DUI cases in its particular way. California has 58 different counties. Each county has its own way of implementing DUI laws and each judge has his/her unique way of interpreting them. Over time, patterns emerge as to how a particular county and its judges handle DUI cases. Some counties are more punishment oriented. Others are more treatment focused. Others are simply mavericks, destined to be unrepentantly different. Alameda County can be extremely forgiving on DUIs if the courts and prosecutors are approached in the right way.
Alameda County criminal courts for DUIs underwent a consolidation. Now, only three courthouses in the entire county handle criminal cases including DUIs: Fremont, Dublin and Oakland. DUIs cases move into court quite quickly. Normally there is only a 30 day turnaround time between the date of a DUI arrest and the date of the first court appearance, called the “arraignment.”
All three courthouses have heavy caseloads. Given the volume of cases in each courthouse, an attorney familiar with the Alameda County courts can exploit this situation to your advantage. Because of its heavy caseloads, judges and prosecutors can be much more generous in their offers to resolve a DUI case than in other counties. However, Alameda County judges and prosecutors are not “pushovers”. You need to have the correct approach to the judge and prosecutor to get the best results.
Attorney Mark Blair has regularly practiced in Alameda County for many years and has successfully handled many hundreds of DUI cases in Alameda County. Mark knows how to work the Alameda County system to your advantage. To get the best result for your Alameda County DUI case, please contact Attorney Mark Blair for a free, confidential and informative consultation at (510) 845-4343.
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