Riverside DUI Attorney
Defense Lawyer for Misdemeanor and Felony DUI Charges in Riverside
A DUI charge is not a minor legal problem. If you have prior DUI convictions on your criminal record, you could be facing even greater legal consequences. You need to find out if your case could be successfully defended before deciding to plead guilty. Get help from a Riverside DUI lawyer who will aggressively defend you. At The Law Offices of Ty Martinez, we have successfully defended many of people just like you who have been arrested and charged with DUI, both in misdemeanor and felony charges. We should take action at once. The first step is to investigate the possibility of getting your DUI charges dismissed.
Charged with DUI in Riverside County?
California law gives law enforcement officers the authority to stop drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Once stopped, they also have the right to administer field sobriety tests and breath tests, or require a blood or urine sample to be collected to test for drugs or alcohol. You are not legally required to submit to field sobriety testing. Having a California driver's license has a provision of "implied consent." When you acquired your license, you agreed in advance to submit to a chemical test. If you refuse the chemical test, you will be subject to one year driver's license suspension.
What are the penalties for DUI in California?
The penalties for a first time DUI will include fines, hours in jail, license suspension and DUI classes, with hidden costs such as court fees, increased insurance rates and transportation costs, as well as the consequences you will face with regard to your ability to get a job with a DUI conviction on your criminal record, easily found in a background search. Your criminal record will now show an arrest and conviction for drunk driving – a deterrent for getting employed in the future. One of the most intrusive penalties is license suspension, and losing the legal right to operate any vehicle for a period of time. A license suspension can be challenged by requesting a DMV hearing, but you have only a few days to make this request. The hearing must be requested within 10 days. Contact us to determine how to move forward and take action. There could be options to defend against the charges which we can discuss with you at our initial meeting. Your charges could be dismissed, or you may have been the victim of serious rights violations or police errors.
If you have a prior conviction for DUI the penalties imposed in a conviction are increased. If an accident or accident DUI with injuries or death took place, and it is alleged that you were drunk and caused the accident, felony charges will be filed against you, and the court could impose years in state prison as part of the punishment. We urge you to contact us immediately if you have been charged with DUI. We are ready to take action for your defense. Call now.