Some persons may feel a sense of resignation and hopelessness after being arrested and charged with a driving under the influence offense. Those persons may erroneously conclude that they should just “go into court, accept their responsibility, and plead guilty because they in fact were intoxicated while they drove.”
While I understand and sympathize with these thoughts, I strongly disagree. Driving under the influence cases carry so many consequences that a person ought to consult with and retain counsel to represent him or her in court. Driving under the influence cases and their consequences will haunt a person for the rest of his or her life. A guilty plea or a no contest plea to a drunk driving offense may result in license suspension, jail time, criminal and civil fines, restitution, mandatory attendance of a drinking/driving school, the installation of an interlock device on your car, or the impounding of your vehicle. To all these consequences, add the loss of your time and dignity. To compound matters, every person pleading guilty or no contest to a driving under the influence case in California is now being told that he or she can be charged with murder if he or she kills someone in the future when driving under the influence!
In addition to all the consequences mentioned above, please consider if you accused of having an accident while driving under the influence, or hit and run, or a very high blood alcohol, or one that is very low (borderline driving under the influence case). These individual factors as well merit a review of your case by a qualified attorney. Please call me for a free, confidential and informative consultation at (650) 344-4343, (408) 295-4343, (510) 845-4343, (415) 664-4343, (925) 935-4343 or (707) 252-4343
I have practiced law in California since 1985 and have always been a criminal defense attorney. I never worked as a prosecutor, judge, police officer or probation officer. I have never been involved in putting anyone in jail. On the contrary, I have always fought to keep persons OUT of jail!
Since 1985, I have handled thousands of drunk driving cases and have extensive courtroom experience. I have done a significant number of drunk driving jury trials, as well as an extensive number of Department of Motor Vehicle administrative hearings (license suspension hearings).
I attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law from 1982 to 1985. I also have a three year law degree from France, where I attended law school from 1980 to 1982 at Paris 10, Nanterre, France. I earned a Masters Degree in Latin American History at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985. I also have a three year history degree from Paris 10, Nanterre, France.
I speak Spanish and French. I conducted over 500 radio programs in Spanish about immigration and criminal law. I have handled thousands of immigration and criminal matters and have conducted dozens of jury trials.
I look forward to meeting you in person!
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