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Most people think that DUI cases can’t be defended. That once you’ve been arrested for a DUI and you blow above the limit that there is nothing that can be done and you should go to court and plead guilty. However, in my experience as both a prosecutor and an attorney I would suggest that there is a lot that can be done to defend these cases. In a lot of cases I can reduce a DUI case to a lesser charge or possibly litigate the terms that are attached to a DUI, or even in some cases achieve a dismissal. In any event, it is important to meet with an experienced California DUI attorney in order to access the specific facts of your case.
If you are planning to fight your California DUI charges in court, we highly recommend that you seek counsel from a drunk driving attorney that you trust. Once a judgment is made there is very little that anyone can do to modify your sentence.
More often than not, the prosecution is not willing to risk letting a DUI offender go completely unpunished, which is a real possibility anytime a DUI jury trial is held. The amount of evidence available to prosecute the defendant could be substantial, but if your attorney deems your case defensible, the odds of success could be in your favor.
The unpredictable nature of a trial can be appealing to some and terrifying for others. Personally, I relish any opportunity to defend persons facing DUI charges in a court of law. Too often, law enforcement officials violate our client’s constitutional rights during the course of their investigations. In these instances we have been able to obtain case dismissals and not guilty verdicts on their behalf.
The majority of our clients that face DUI charges are ready to fight. Before pleading not guilty and entering into a trial, defendants should ask themselves three important questions:
What Does My Attorney Think?
What Plea Bargain Options are Available?
Do I have Enough Money?
There are several other factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to go to trial, the most important being whether or not you have a good chance of success. This is hard to determine and will most likely require an in-depth case evaluation from a skilled DUI trial lawyer, but even then it will be objective. Different attorneys will have different opinions as to your chances of success. In the end, you will have to decide whether the risks involved in going to trial outweigh the penalties you will receive if you do not. If you do not have a clear understanding of the risks and/or the penalties you will face if you avoid trial, you are not in the best position to make that decision. It is extremely important to be fully informed of your options before moving forward with trial.
Those facing trial should be made aware of the cut-throat nature of pursuing a not-guilty verdict in a court of law. You can expect prosecutors to expose any criminal activity that you have been a part of in your past and do whatever they can to taint your image in the eyes of the jurors. When you go to trial, you are waging war, and you should expect to get your hands dirty and your ego bruised throughout the duration of your trial.
The following are the common components of every DUI jury trial that takes place in California:
Defendants preparing for earlier stages of the California DUI process are invited to view and take advantage of our other resources that we have made available to help better inform those facing charges:
Our team of highly skilled California DUI defense attorneys are available to fight for a not guilty verdict, or obtain a case dismissal on your behalf. Let us expose law enforcement’s violation of your rights and help you obtain a not guilty verdict. Call (888) 250-2865 to obtain a free case evaluation and get help now.