Don't Let A DUI Charge Derail Your Life

California DUI laws prohibit driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent or driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. For those under 21, driving with any amount of alcohol in your blood is also a violation.

If arrested, you are facing two cases: one in the courts filed by the district attorney and one with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), where your driver's license can be suspended or revoked.

Remember you have just 10 days to call the DMV after a DUI charge — after that, your license will be automatically suspended.

Make Sure Police Followed Proper Procedures At Your Traffic Stop

At a typical traffic stop, a police officer will ask to see your license and registration, observe your movements outside your car, and ask you to perform field sobriety tests that are supposed to test balance, coordination and mental impairment. You are not legally required to perform these tests.

The officer will often ask you to blow into a device by the roadside. This is a breath test. You are not legally required to perform this test.

If you are arrested, the officer will transport you to a location for your choice of a blood or breath test. If the officer believes you are under the influence of a drug, you may have to take a blood test. Failing to complete these tests is considered a refusal for which the DMV will take your license for one full year. In your criminal court case, a judge can give you additional jail time because of a refusal.

Stand Up For Your Rights And Your Reputation

When the district attorney files DUI charges against a person, the case goes to court for a first hearing, an arraignment, then a pretrial conference to see if the case is going to be settled with a plea of guilty or no contest, and finally, a trial if it has not been resolved.

Major issues in defending a DUI case are whether the officer had a legal basis to stop the driver and what the blood alcohol level was at the time of driving — not just at the time of testing. Environmental factors, health issues, medications and other variables can affect the results of these sobriety tests.

Contact An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Attorney Thomas Deremigio has been successfully representing criminal defendants in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. Defending both adults and juveniles, Mr. Deremigio has the experience and knowledge to help you make informed decisions and to form a legal strategy tailored to your needs.

To see how Thomas Deremigio Attorney at Law can help in your case, contact him online or call 650-399-0795 and schedule a free initial consultation in his Redwood City office.