Drunk Driving (DUI Attorney)
California DUI Defense Lawyer — Trent Copeland has successfully handled over 1000 DUI cases (i.e., no incarceration, reduced or no DMV suspension).
In California driving with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08% or higher is illegal. If you are stopped by a police officer you can be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). First, the officer will need to determine whether or not you are under the influence by performing one or more of several field sobriety tests. The tests can range from a walk and turn test to a more extensive test such as a blood, breath or urine test. Refusal to perform any of these tests when asked by the officer will most likely result in your immediate arrest and being booked in a county jail for DUI. A DUI charge and conviction can have dramatic affects on your future. An attorney experienced in defending people charged with driving under the influence will be able to help keep you out of jail.
Consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs:
- First offense: The Court may order you to serve between 48 hours to 6 months in jail. It will impose a fine of $390 to $1,000 and order you to complete a 3 or 9 month alcohol/drug treatment program. The DMV will also impose a 6 or 10 month driver's license suspension depending on treatment program length. And in many cases, the court and/or DMV may impose an alcohol ignition interlock device be placed on your vehicle.
- Second offense: The Court may order you to serve between 96-hours to 1 year, a $390 to $1,000 fine, and completion of an 18 or 30 month alcohol/drug treatment program. The DMV will also impose a 2-year driver's license suspension.
- Third offense: The Court will order you to serve a minimum of 120 days in jail.
- Fourth offense: Can be charged as a felony and carries a possible sentence of 3 years in state prison.
In addition to any of the penalties the Court’s may impose for a driving under the influence conviction, the Department of Motor Vehicles will take administrative action against an individual’s driver’s license. These actions can include restrictions, suspensions, and revocations. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Trent Copeland are experienced in representing clients in any administrative hearings with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and understand that the protection of a driver’s license is often the most important part of representation in a DUI case.
A DUI offense is considered a misdemeanor charge and can result in jail time, license suspension, and points on your driving record, fines, counseling and probation. At the Law Offices of Trent Copeland, we will fight for you and are determined to keep you out of jail. We will look at the facts surrounding your DUI charge and will question the allegations against you. Our attorneys will challenge any field sobriety tests administered and will use their education and knowledge of California DUI laws to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
If you are in need of an experienced DUI defense attorney, contact our firm immediately. We understand all areas of criminal defense in California and will use our experience to aggressively defend the charges against you. We may even be able to have the charges against you lowered or dropped completely.