2800 San Diego DUI Attorney – Aggressive DUI Lawyers


A pleasant night out can be quickly ruined when you are pulled over by police, asked to perform certain coordination tests and asked to blow into a portable breath machine before being arrested and charged with DUI. But don’t just accept the consequences. Call a San Diego DUI attorney at (888) 754-9860.

San Diego DUI attorneys have years of experience in dealing with all kinds of DUI cases and have been successful in preserving clients’ driver’s licenses, getting charges amended to non-alcohol related offense or obtaining dismissals and acquittals.

Steps in a DUI Case

Your DUI case has a potential civil or administrative stage with the DMV and, of course, your criminal proceeding. Your San Diego DUI attorney has handled both.

A DUI has the following stages:

  • The DMV hearing. You have only 10 days to request a hearing or your license will be immediately suspended. Your San Diego DUI attorney can challenge probable cause in stopping, detaining and arresting you and whether your BAC results were 0.08%.
  • Arraignment. Your San Diego DUI attorney will plead you not guilty and obtain police reports and other records
  • Trial preparation. Your San Diego DUI attorney can bring motions to contest probable cause, suppress evidence and others. A conference is also held with the prosecutor where your San Diego DUI attorney will try to negotiate a plea arrangement.
  • Trial. If no plea agreement is reached, your San Diego DUI attorney is fully prepared to take your case to trial.

Winning a DUI Case

You will need the skills and veteran experience of an San Diego DUI lawyer to beat a DUI. Most defenses are based on the following factors:

  • Investigation of rights violations. Police have to follow certain procedures in stopping and detaining, questioning and arresting you or your case could be dismissed.
  • Careful review for chemical test violations. There are dozens of ways to challenge a breath or blood test that your San Diego DUI lawyer can evaluate.
  • Careful scrutiny for inconsistencies and procedural errors in police reports, testimony and other evidence.

Police can be careless or negligent in following procedures or proper protocol in administering and servicing chemical tests. If so, your San Diego DUI lawyer can cast doubt on the results or even have them excluded.

DUI Penalties

DUI sentences vary based on prior DUI convictions or if aggravating circumstances were present that your San Diego DUI lawyer can advise you on. Otherwise, these penalties typically are imposed:

First DUI or DWI

The usual penalties for a first DUI or DWI are:

  1. Jail. 48 hours in jail and up to 6-months; 3-years of probation
  2. Suspension of license. Loss of driving privileges for 4 to 10-months though you may be eligible for a restricted license; if BAC testing was refused, the suspension is one year
  3. Fines: $390 with costs over $1,800
  4. DUI classes: 3-months
  5. Insurance and installation: Secure SR-1 insurance and possibly install an interlock ignition system

Second DUI or DWI

Penalties for a second DUI or DWI within 10 years of the first include:

  1. Jail. 96 hours and up to one year in county jail and 3-5 years probation
  2. Suspension of license. 2 year suspension with eligibility for restricted license unless testing was refused.
  3. Fines: $390 to $1000 but over $10,000 in costs
  4. DUI Classe 18 to 30-months
  5. Installation and insurance. SR-1 insurance and Interlock ignition system

Third DUI or DWI

Conviction of a third DUI or DWI in 10 years may include:

  1. Jail. 120 days to one year in county jail and 3-5 years probation
  2. Suspension of license. 3 years with restricted license after 12-months
  3. Fines: $390 to $1000 and other costs up to $15,000
  4. DUI classes. 30-months
  5. Installation and insurance. SR-1 insurance and interlock system

Fourth DUI or DWI

A fourth DWI or DWI could be negotiated to a misdemeanor.by your Gardena DUI lawyer. If a felony, you face:

  1. Jail. 16 months, 2 or 3 years in jail and formal probation for up to 5 years
  2. Suspension of license: 4 years
  3. Fines: Up to $5000 with associated costs of up to $18,000
  4. Habitual traffic offender status. 3 years
  5. Mandatory DUI classes. 30-months
  6. Installation and insurance. SR-1 insurance and interlock system

Commercial DUI or DWI

Commercial drivers can be convicted of a commercial DUI or DWI if their BAC is 0.04% so that their need for a Gardena DUI lawyer is imperative.

Penalties include:

  1. Jail. Same as for a motorist with a Class C license for first or multiple DUI or DWI offenses
  2. Driver’s license suspension.
  • Loss of commercial driver’s license for one year, regardless of the vehicle you were driving
  • Life-time suspension for a second conviction
  • Your Class C license is also affected
  1. Fines. From $390 to $1000
  2. DUI Classes. Same as for other offenders
  3. Insurance and installation. Possible securing of SR-1 insurance and installation of an interlock system

Call a San Diego DUI Lawyer

If you were arrested for a DUI, call a San Diego DUI lawyer today at (888) 754-9860.

San Diego CA 92101
(888) 754-9860