Monthly Archives: May 2011

What is the typical court indicated sentence for a first time DUI?

I have an idea but to be honest without being retained, I can’t give all my knowledge away for free. You can come in and we can talk about your case for an hour and you can take my advice … Continue reading

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Are there alternatives to going to jail?

Yes, you can request work release, house arrest, alcohol bracelet monitoring, weekend work furlough. In my opinion, with private counsel who has time to evaluate your needs a more feasible resolution can be worked out.

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Are their different alcohol programs ordered by the court?

Upon conviction you will ordered to attend a alcohol program.  These are known as AB541 and SB38. The fines are about the same but the two main differences are possible jail time and the alcohol program.  For first time offenders … Continue reading

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Can I get a restricted license?

The answer is yes but as your question implies it is restricted.  The court will issue you a restricted license for work, school or to attend your court ordered alcohol programs.

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Do I have to go to court?

For a misdemeanor DUI that answer is NO.  An attorney can appear on your behalf if retained.  Don’t assume that if you don’t show up a public defender will substitute in and arraign you.  A warrant will be issued for … Continue reading

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“I wasn’t informed of what was going on”

My philosophy is that if a client is fully informed of the process they will be of greater assistance to myself.  When you retain an attorney you should gain some peace of mind knowing someone is out help you and … Continue reading

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My attorney settled it. I paid him all this money and I ended up getting the same deal as I would have on my own.

I often hear from many people who retained a criminal defense attorney, This may be true, but just because you can get a pair of scissors out of a drawer and cut your own hair doesn’t mean it will come … Continue reading

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Common Facts Used To Articulate Probable Cause For Arrest

An officer needs probable cause to arrest you for DUI.  This means all the little pieces collected have to be enough to establish you are drunk.  The fewer pieces collected the weaker the probable cause.  An officer can still arrest … Continue reading

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How serious is a DUI?

Misdemeanor vs Felony First, second and third DUI’s are misdemeanors. Fourth DUI or a DUI with injury to another are felonys. Misdemeanor 1 day to 12 months in jail Felony 1 year or more in prison

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Can I be charged with more than once crime from one circumstance?

Yes. You might be driving drunk but you also could be charged with child endangerment if your kids are in the car.

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