FIRST DUI

Driving under the influence is a serious crime with some harsh penalties. Contact a DUI attorney for consultation immediately.

Over 200,000 drivers are arrested each year for driving under the influence in California alone and the administrative penalties vary. Before you can be sentenced of drunk driving though, the prosecution must establish three things. Continue reading “FIRST DUI”

ROBBERY

Crime statistics in California show that almost 60,000 robbery crimes took place in 2012 alone. Robbery is a serious offense in California. California law Penal Code 211. defines robbery as, “the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.” In accordance with Section 211, Section 212. defines fear as either: Continue reading “ROBBERY”

JUVENILE CASES

Charges against juveniles need to be handled just right to protect a young persons future. A case before the California Juvenile Courts is different than a criminal case, and should be approached differently.

We have represented clients in these courts many times and are fully prepared to represent and defend your child’s interests. Don’t let a youthful mistake affect the rest of your life! Call our experienced juvenile defense lawyers for a free legal consultation, and we’ll advise you on how to best fight your case, or negotiate a deal that will minimize any future impact that a juvenile record may have. Continue reading “JUVENILE CASES”

DUI MYTHS & FACTS

Myth No. 1 – Alcohol on breath is a reliable sign of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol is actually odorless. What officers perceive as alcohol on breath is actually an odor of the beverage. For example, a person who will drink a non-alcoholic margarita or beer, will have the same smell on his or her breath as a person who drank an alcoholic beverage of the same kind.

Myth No. 2 – Breathalyzers and other breath tests are accurate. Actually, without proper maintenance these devices can show a misreading unto 20% higher than your actual blood alcohol level. Anything from mouthwash, to chewing gun, mints and energy drinks may affect the blood alcohol content or BAC reading of the devise.

Myth No. 3 – Police officers cannot influence BAC reading. The alcohol concentration changes considerably during breathing. The last part of the breath can contain over 50% above the actual BAC. Peace officers know this, that is why they tell you to blow harder for a long period of time. That way they get the last part of the breath containing a higher BAC.

Myth No. 4 – If I want to challenge by DUI charge I am going to have to take it to trial. In reality less than 10% of DUI cases actually end up in trial with a jury present. The prosecutor has a ton of work and is willing to negotiate a plea bargain, that will make his job easier. However they know you do not know the law and will not offer you anything worth taking. An aggressive representation can get you a plan of action which will result in a lesser sentence, less fines, less headache.

Myth No. 5 – I drank, I drove, therefore I am guilty. Drinking and driving is not against the law. Drunk driving is. The State of California defines drunk driving when you BAC is .08 or above. If you are over 21 and your blood alcohol level is below .08, you committed no crime.

Myth No. 6 – A lawyer cannot help me, they only charge money. Quite to the contrary. Having knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive representation can reduce your sentence and minimize exposure. When hiring a Sacramento California DUI attorney there should be no hidden fees. Even if it is a flat fee contract read it slowly and carefully and make sure you understand every part of what you are signing.

To protect your rights and improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome for your case, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced DUI attorney.

UNDER 21 DUI

The State of California has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to driving while intoxicated for individuals who are under 21 years of age.

What that means for you is that if you are under 21 and there is any amount of alcohol in your system, even as little as 0.01% blood alcohol content or BAC level, you will be arrested and charged. Continue reading “UNDER 21 DUI”

ASSAULT & BATTERY

Most domestic battery arrests occur in the home, and most simple non-domestic battery arrests occur in bars or public places. Regardless of the type of battery, they both usually begin by someone calling the police on a recorded 911 call. In many instances the “victim” does not want to have the Defendant arrested. Continue reading “ASSAULT & BATTERY”