DUI & DWI Accident Lawyer in Banning
Accident Defense in the San Gorgonio Pass
If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI, you need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney in Banning to defend your rights. At Southwest Legal - Criminal Defense Attorneys, we have a track record of success in defending clients who have been charged with DUI and DWI. We will fight to keep you from having a permanent criminal record, and we will work to get you the best possible results in your case.
Call us at (951) 425-4332 to discuss your case with a DUI/DWI accident lawyer in Banning.
What to Do After a DUI/DWI Accident
If you have been involved in an accident where you were arrested for DUI/DWI, you should not make any statements to the police. Anything you say may be used against you in court. You should not sign any documents without consulting with a criminal defense attorney first. You may be able to challenge the results of the breath or blood test if you have a valid medical reason for your blood alcohol content (BAC) level being above the legal limit. You may also be able to challenge the accuracy of the breath or blood test equipment if it was not properly maintained.
If you were not arrested for DUI/DWI, but you feel that you were treated unfairly by the police, you may want to consult with an attorney about filing a claim for damages. You may be able to recover for any injuries you sustained and for the damage to your vehicle, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
What Is Considered DUI/DWI in California?
You may be charged with DUI/DWI if you were driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You can also be charged with DUI/DWI if you were in "actual physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Actual physical control can include being stopped in traffic, waiting in a parking space, or being asleep in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle. You can also be charged with DUI/DWI if you were operating an off-road vehicle or a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In California, a DUI/DWI can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case. If you have had three or more DUI/DWI convictions within the past 10 years, you can be charged with a felony DUI/DWI. You can also be charged with a felony if you caused bodily injury to another person while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if you caused the death of another person while driving under the influence.
What Are the Penalties for a DUI/DWI Conviction?
The penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction will depend on the circumstances of your case. The penalties may include:
- A driver's license suspension
- Mandatory alcohol education classes
- Jail time
You may be able to get a DUI/DWI conviction reduced to a reckless driving charge if you have no prior DUI/DWI convictions within the past 10 years and you do not cause an accident that results in injury or death. A reckless driving conviction will result in the same driver's license suspension, fines, and jail time as a DUI/DWI conviction, but will not result in a permanent criminal record.
Contact a DUI/DWI Accident Attorney in Banning
If you have been charged with DUI/DWI, you need a criminal defense attorney in Banning who will aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the best possible results in your case. At Southwest Legal - Criminal Defense Attorneys, we have been defending clients throughout Banning for more than 20 years. We are familiar with the courts and the prosecutors, and we know how to use this knowledge to get the best possible results for our clients.
"After I spoke with him, I appreciated his straightforward no-nonsense approach and hired him."Thomas W.
"I hope I never get a ticket ever again but if I do Southwest Legal will be the first person I call."Charles W.
"Southwest Legal took care of it, got the hold off my license since the car is registered to me and got the citation dismissed."Robert G.
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.