Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Peace officers utilize field sobriety tests to help establish probable cause for making a DUI arrest. Often times the peace officer will have already determined if an arrest is to be made prior to asking the suspect to perform the field sobriety test. Since field sobriety tests are voluntary, an experienced DUI defense attorney would […] Read more »

Sentence Enhancements

A standard DUI conviction could result in the following penalties: jail time, work release, community service, electronic monitoring, alcohol monitoring, monetary fines, alcohol programs, license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device, and probation. The State has the authority to charge a driver with specific allegations that could result in harsher penalties. A skilled Los […] Read more »

License Suspensions

A license suspension is one of the most common consequences of a DUI arrest. At best, it is inconvenient and at worst it could seriously interfere with a person’s ability to earn a living. Most people are unaware that the California Department of Motor Vehicles is the sole authority regarding license suspensions and that there […] Read more »

DUI Expungement

The lingering effects of a DUI conviction can result in devastating consequences which can wreak havoc on a person’s life, even years after fulfilling the terms of probation. Most detrimental is the impact that a DUI conviction can have on a person’s ability to secure employment. A skilled DUI defense lawyer can apply for an […] Read more »

DMV Process

Typically, upon arrest for DUI, the peace officer will confiscate the suspect’s California driver’s license and issue the arrestee a pink notice. The pink sheet is the Administrative Per Se Suspension/Revocation Order & Temporary Driver License. Its purpose is to inform the suspect of the order of driver’s license suspension and the right to an […] Read more »

Court Process

In most circumstances, a DUI case begins when a peace officer initiates an enforcement stop due to a traffic violation. Upon initial contact with the suspect, the officer asks the driver to exit the vehicle in order to conduct a DUI investigation based upon initial findings of “objective symptoms” of intoxication. These “objective symptoms” may […] Read more »

New California DUI Laws In 2010

California is tightening the screws on drunk driving offenses on July 1, 2010.  Drivers who are caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol face two new laws that pertain to the installation of ignition interlock devices, and restricted license requirements.  These new regulations even apply to first time offenders. Read more »

Driving on a Suspended License

An arrest for driving under the influence not only brings the possibility of jail time, alcohol education classes, and probation; it also can result in two separate license suspensions which can dramatically affect a person’s livelihood. The concern police officials are currently having is that those who do receive this consequence are not taking it seriously. Read more »