A DUI conviction can be life-changing. From having difficulty in finding jobs to feeling like a social outcast, convicted drunk drivers face serious consequences long after they've gotten out of jail and have their license back.
Too many people believe that when they get arrested for DUI, there's no point in fighting the charge. Police make the process of being stopped and arrested seem relatively scientific, with an array of equipment and orders designed as much to confuse you as to convict you.
The biggest enemy of a driver arrested for DUI is a feeling of powerlessness. Judges, prosecutors and public defenders will act like a guilty plea is expected of you, leading you to feel like you have no right to fight the charges.
What you may not know is that Californians are successful in fighting DUI charges every single day. The conviction rate in California over the last several years hovers near 70%. That means that 30% of the people arrested for DUI walk free from a conviction of any kind. Errors in chemical testing or legal problems with the stop and procedures that originally led to your arrest can make it possible to contest the charges.
Even if you know you were driving drunk, penalties in the state of California vary based on alcohol level, as well as other aggravating factors. An experienced California DUI attorney can help to get penalties reduced and help you get your life back on track more quickly - even if you have been convicted of DUI before.
This is exactly why it's important to talk to a DUI attorney who works exclusively or nearly exclusively with people charged with driving under the influence. Non-specialized criminal and civil lawyers are not be as up to date about the newest case law and best ways to fight DUI charges in the California courts.
Getting busted is NOT the end, even if you're sure that you were driving drunk. Call Terry Wapner today to talk about your legal options after a DUI arrest.