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San Francisco DUI Attorney – Experienced San Francisco DUI lawyers specializing in DUI (Driving Under the Influence)/ Drunk Driving defense in San Francisco, CA. San Francisco may be known for its policy of tolerance on social issues as well as its steep terrain, fabulous restaurants, bars and night clubs. But law enforcement and city officials do not tolerate drinking and driving. A DUI charge carries serious penalties and has collateral consequences that affect more than just your wallet. A DUI conviction means you now have a criminal record, which can seriously impact your career and ability to find housing in a city where the cost of living is extremely high and competition for housing is fierce.
But if you are arrested and charged with a DUI, this does not mean you have no chance of fighting the charges or possibly pleading to a lesser offense. At the San Francisco DUI Attorney Group, we have highly trained San Francisco DUI attorneys with in-the-trenches experience who will zealously fight for your rights and explore all legal defenses and options available.
The Sa Francisco DUI Lawyers at the San Francisco DUI Attorney Group only defends persons accused of a DUI, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony and regardless if it is your first or subsequent offense. Our DUI lawyers approach each case with equal focus and attention and keep you well informed about your rights, plea possibilities, defenses, likely outcome and trial possibility. Call us today for a free analysis of your DUI case (888) 754-9860.
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DUI offenses are generally charged as misdemeanors. Typically, you are charged under CVC Section 23152(a)–driving while under the influence; and CVC Section 23152(b)—driving with a BAC of 0.08%. The latter is a per se offense, meaning that you are driving unlawfully if your BAC is at least this high and you are legally presumed to be under the influence of alcohol. Commercial drivers such as truck or bus drivers may not drive with a BAC of 0.04%. Drivers under 21 have a zero tolerance policy and have less rights than an adult when it comes to providing certain evidence of impairment.
You can be charged with a felony if this is your fourth DUI charge following three DUI-related convictions in the past 10 years. Felony charges may also be filed against you if you were impaired and caused an accident resulting in serious injuries or death. You may also face assault with a deadly weapon and vehicular manslaughter charges. Because you face serious time in state prison if convicted, having an experienced and dedicated DUI lawyer fighting for you is essential.
The DMV Hearing
You only have 10 days to request a DMV or administrative hearing before a DMV official as to whether your driver’s license should be suspended. The issues considered are whether there was probable cause to stop you, if you were lawfully arrested, and if your BAC was 0.08%. If you refused testing, the issue is whether you were properly advised. If you are under 21 or had a prior DUI, you must submit to testing.
Our San Francisco DUI lawyers from the San Francisco DUI Attorney Group will have the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and offer testimony and evidence on your behalf to challenge any evidence against you.
Your Rights if Stopped for DUI
Police can stop your vehicle for probable causse such as having an equipment violation, speeding, erratic driving or for violating any traffic law. They can also stop you at a DUI Checkpoint and arrest you for suspicion of DUI regardless of your driving conduct if certain guidelines have been followed. You do, however, have certain rights:
Although you must produce your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, you do not have to answer any additional questions. You may politely decline to answer any inquiries regarding been drinking or where you are coming from.
You do not have to perform any field sobriety tests (FST). These are coordination and balance tests designed to incriminate you so an officer can say that alcohol impaired individuals perform poorly on these tests. There are many plausible explanations for why a person did not perform well on these tests.
You do not have to blow into a portable breath test (PBT). Evidence from a PBT is not admissible given its lack of accuracy.
You have a right to request a blood rather than a breath test.
You have a right to have a blood test sample taken after you take the breathalyzer.
You must be advised of your right not to perform any FST or blow into a PBT.
You must be informed that your refusal to take a chemical test of your BAC will result in a one-year suspension of your driver’s license.
You do not have a right to talk to the San Francisco DUI Attorney Group before deciding whether to take a BAC chemical test.
You or your San Francisco lawyer must request a DMV hearing challenging the suspension of your license within 10 days after your arrest.
If you do refuse testing, you can face enhanced penalties as well as the one-year license suspension without the opportunity to obtain a restricted license. Police are expected to respect your decision to not answer questions or to perform any exercise or activity that could incriminate you.
Our San Francisco DUI lawyers from the San Francisco DUI Attorney Group will examine all available defenses. These include:
Challenging the breathalyzer results. There are over 58 reasons why the breathalyzer results may have indicated a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
There was no good reason for stopping your vehicle.
There is no proof you were driving.
There is no proof of your BAC level at the time you were driving if you were arrested at a remote time since your drove or at a remote place from your vehicle.
Your arrest was unlawful.
Any search of your vehicle violated your right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
DUI Checkpoint protocol and guidelines were violated.
Lab technicians failed to follow protocol in administering or preserving your blood sample or it was likely contaminated.
Witness testimony regarding your drinking, demeanor and conduct
Your DUI lawyer knows what defenses may be asserted depending on the circumstances of your case.
First time DUI offenders in San Francisco may expect the following typical sentence:
If given probation, you may spend 48 hours in jail. The maximum is 6-months if there were aggravating circumstances in your case.
A fine of $390 to over $2000 with assessments and other costs.
3-years of summary probation.
6-month license suspension or one-year if you refused BAC testing.
3-month mandatory DUI education course or 9-months if BAC testing was refused or your BAC was .20%.
You face enhanced penalties including more jail time if you refused testing, had a BAC of .20% or more, drove 20 mph over the limit or had a minor 14 years old or younger as a passenger. Of course, a subsequent DUI conviction will result in certain jail time, a longer license suspension period, increased fines, longer DUI program participation and more difficulty getting your license reinstated. A felony DUI conviction carries 16-months to 3 years in state prison. San Francisco DUI Attorney Group – Experienced DUI lawyers specializing in DUI defense in San Francisco, CA (888) 754-9860.
Call a San Francisco DUI Lawyer
If you were arrested for a DUI, call a San Francisco DUI lawyer today at (888) 754-9860.The San Francisco DUI Attorney Group proudly serving these cities in San Francisco: Alameda, Coachella, Contra Costa, Criminal, Encino, Los Angeles, Ontario, Orange County, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Temecula, Victorville
Attorney Daniel J KingEducation: UC Berkeley Undergraduate
Southwestern University School of Law
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