Unfortunately, DUI arrests are very common in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and all of the North Bay. A conviction for any type of DUI will result in hefty fines, the loss of your license, and possibly jail time. You need an experienced DUI attorney to investigate your case, advocate for you in court, and possibly argue your case to a jury. The district attorney is not going to take your case lightly, and neither should you. For all that we have heard about the dangers of drinking and driving, people still make mistakes.
- Perhaps alcohol impaired your judgment and you drove when you should not have.
- Maybe you did not realize how a relatively small amount of alcohol can actually have you register above a .08% on a breathalyzer.
- Do the police think that your legally prescribed prescription medication caused bad driving?
- Did the police get it wrong and arrest you without probable cause?
California DUI laws
If you are arrested or cited for a DUI, the district attorney will charge you with violating either or both Section 23152(a) and 23152(b) of the California Vehicle Code. Section 23152(a) of the California Vehicle Code makes it a crime to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or any combination of the two. Section 23152(b) of the California Vehicle Code says it is illegal to drive with more than .08% blood alcohol in your system.
You only have 10 days to request a hearing that could save your license
If you are arrested or cited for driving under the influence, the officer is required by law to confiscate your license, issue a notice of suspension and notify the DMV. The officer will provide you with a temporary license which will allow you to drive 30 days from the date the order of suspension or revocation was issued, provided you have been issued a California driver license and your driver license is not expired, or your driving privilege is not suspended or revoked for some other reason.
It is extremely important that you contact an attorney immediately after your arrest or citation for a DUI. You only have the right to request an admin per se hearing within 10 days of receipt of the suspension or revocation order. Time is of the essence. If you want to fight to keep your license and begin the investigation and defense of your DUI case, you need to start now.
However you came to be arrested for a DUI, you need the help of an experienced DUI lawyer right away. Amy Chapman has been representing people accused of DUI for over a decade. From the first appearance, to consulting expert witnesses, all the way up to jury trial, Amy Chapman will be on your side advocating for your best interests. She has the resources, skills, and experience you need to have the best defense possible. Call Amy today at (888) 570-3024 or email her to begin your defense right away.