If you have been charged with DUI you should consider hiring a Fresno DUI attorney. You are facing a serious charge and want the help of an experienced DUI attorney. At minimum you will be facing both criminal and DMV aspects. If someone else was injured you may also be facing a civil personal injury and insurance components.
The California DMV treats drinking and driving severely and will move to suspend your driver’s license regardless of whether you case is dismissed or not. A knowledgeable Fresno DUI Attorney can help you with the DMV part of your case. The attorney will work with the DMV to set your hearing date and request a stay on the suspension of your license. In addition an attorney will subpoena the records of chemical tests such as blood and breathalyzer and any video evidence that exists. The lawyer will use this information to argue against the three issues the DMV must decide on in order to suspend your license. These issues are:
• Were you the driver of the car?
• Did the police officer follow the law when arresting you?
• Was your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) above 0.08 when you were driving?
If any one of these issues can be disproved your license will not be suspended.
The Criminal Court is intended to determine punishment for the DUI offense. Possible punishments include high fines, jail time and drunk driving classes. You will want an attorney that will vigrously defend you. Your lawyer can contend evidence that isn’t trustworthy and if your arrest wasn’t handled legally. A plea deal is possible or the case can go to trial for a jury to decide. With the help of a DUI attorney you may be able to avoid a lengthy jail sentence and even possibly have the case dismissed.
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law and founder of the Mitchell Law Group. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense. He can be reached at fresnoscriminallawyer.com.
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