California law makes it a crime to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. It’s also a crime to drive while under the influence of alcohol or a drug. In most DUI prosecutions, you are charged with both.
This is why it is important that you contact our experienced DUI lawyer right away in order to protect your rights. Vera Law will be able to advise you on what potential penalties you are facing and create a knowledgeable action plan to aggressively litigate your case.
A DUI charge is not a do-it-yourself project. DUI penalties can be severe, ranging from:
- Loss of your driving privileges/losing your driver’s license
- Hefty fines
- Driving & alcohol education classes you must pay for and attend
- Possible jail time
That’s not all: a DUI in which someone other than the driver is injured may be charged as a felony or a strike with possible prison penalties. And if you’ve had any previous convictions within 10 years, the penalties increase dramatically, including mandatory jail sentences or felony charges.
DUI cases, however, are not always as cut and dried as the prosecution wants you to believe. Our experienced DUI attorney at Vera Law will be able to investigate if you were improperly detained, shoddy police work may give you grounds for suppression of evidence if there wasn’t probable cause to pull you over, or the equipment used to collect and analyze breath or blood samples was improperly maintained.
Our Oakland DUI attorney at Vera Law has handled hundreds of DUI cases and we know what it takes to get DUI/DWI charges dropped or lessened.