Driving under the influence, or DUI, is one of the most frequently charged crimes in California and nationwide. The fight against drunk driving is taken extremely seriously by law enforcement and legislators alike, meaning the penalties and collateral effects can impact all areas of one’s life. From license suspension and increased auto insurance costs to jail time and heavy fines, a DUI conviction can have significant consequences. You must involve a qualified attorney as soon as possible to protect your license, your record, and your freedom.
At Southwest Legal, we have been representing drivers in the face of DUI charges for more than 30 years. From our offices in Banning, San Bernardino, Indio, and San Diego, we help clients in those cities and throughout Southern California, such as Fontana, Blythe, and Palm Springs. Although DUI cases can seem helpless, particularly when backed by a “failed” breath test, there are ways to effectively challenge or dismiss such charges.
Find out how our DUI attorneys can make a difference by calling (951) 425-4332.
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Challenging DUI Charges in Banning, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, San Diego, El Centro, Indio, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas.
There are several key elements to a DUI case:
- The person was driving or in physical control of a vehicle; and
- The person had a blood alcohol level of .08% or greater; or
- Their abilities were impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
The prosecution must prove each of these—beyond a shadow of a doubt—to secure a conviction. An effective DUI defense strategy can attack one or each of these elements, building enough doubt that a judge or jury would deem a conviction unreasonable.
These are just a few of the questions we may pose:
- Did the officer have probable cause to pull you over for suspected DUI in the first place?
- Were field sobriety test procedures followed to the letter?
- Was the breath test device properly calibrated?
- Did anything interfere with the outcome of the breath test or field sobriety tests?
Many things could influence the outcome of a field sobriety test, such as weight, physical disability, or even the shoes a driver is wearing. Even breath tests are not completely accurate. By finding the weakness and bringing it to light, our Banning DUI lawyers can work to secure a positive outcome in your case.
Contact Southwest Legal today to discuss your DUI charges and how we can help!
At Southwest Legal, we believe it is important for you to be able to trust that your legal representative will advocate on your behalf, defend and protect your rights.
We understand how important your case is and we make ourselves available 24/7 by telephone or e-mail to answer any questions you may have.
Our Criminal Justice Attorneys have over half a century of combined experience defending those charged with DUI/DWI and other criminal offenses.