A charge for driving under the influence (DUI) can put your freedom and future at risk. You can face harsh penalties if you are convicted of a DUI, including:
- Jail Time
- High Fines
- License Suspension
It often takes professional help to properly handle a DUI charge. You can get advice and legal protection from our team at Simmrin Law Group right now. Our Oxnard DUI lawyers will stand by you and offer you the aggressive defense you deserve throughout your legal battle.
Blood Alcohol Content and DUIs in Oxnard
Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is commonly used to determine whether you are driving under the influence. Police officers often measure BAC with chemical tests such as the breathalyzer. California generally allows drivers over the age of 21 to drive only with a BAC of under .08%.
Note that commercial drivers must legally maintain a BAC of under .04%. Drivers under 21 are not allowed to drive with a BAC of .01% or higher. Additionally, drivers who are on DUI probation from a previous DUI charge must keep their BAC below .01%, or they risk losing their license for an additional year.
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You Have Legal Options after a DUI Arrest
A DUI charge can feel impossible to beat. Many people are convinced that the results of a breathalyzer just have to be accepted. This is not always the case. You can get legal help from a defense lawyer that understands the ins and outs of the laws surrounding DUIs.
Breathalyzers can be defective, especially newer models that sometimes come with severe design flaws. Your DUI lawyer may be able to get your case dismissed if they can argue that the results of a breathalyzer test were not trustworthy.
Note that some drivers have heard they do not have to submit to a breathalyzer test if they are pulled over. This is true in some circumstances. However, drivers under the age of 21 and drivers on DUI probation must always complete a breathalyzer test or other tests if asked to do so. You must also comply with all tests if you are legally arrested.
We may be able to help you fight a DUI charge even if your breathalyzer result showed you were over the legal limit.
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We Can Help You Deal with the DMV and Criminal Court
DUI charges can be complicated because they force drivers to deal with two different hearings. Drivers accused of a DUI must go before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to fight the suspension of their license. You only have 10 days to ask for a DMV hearing. If you miss this time limit, your license will be automatically suspended.
Winning your DMV hearing does not automatically mean you will win your criminal case. You will have a better chance of winning both cases by securing the help of a professional DUI lawyer in Ventura County as soon as you can after being charged with a DUI.
Possible Defenses to DUI Charges in Oxnard
The criminal court system is complex and can be difficult to understand and navigate on your own. A DUI lawyer in your area will have familiarity with state and local laws that may benefit your case.
When you are represented by a lawyer, he will listen to your version of events with compassion and without judgement. Your lawyer’s goal is to inform you of the severity of the charges your face — misdemeanor vs felony — and the strategies that may help you avoid a conviction’s harshest penalties.
Possible defenses to a DUI charge can include:
- Police had no probable cause to stop your vehicle
- Proof of flawed or faulty BAC testing equipment
- Medications or medical conditions that create false BAC readings
- BAC testing that was improperly administered
If you were detained at a DUI checkpoint, your lawyer will also explore its legalities. For your arrest to be valid, it must meet all legal parameters. If any part of your arrest was invalid, your lawyer will help you use these factors to build a strong defense file and explore any available options that limit the harm of a DUI conviction.
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Your Attorney Will Explore Any Violation of Your Rights
If you are arrested on any charge, including DUI, you must be informed of your rights at the time of your arrest. If you were not informed of your Miranda Rights in full and in a language you understood, your lawyer can use this violation of your rights to explore defense options for you.
Your Miranda Warning rights include:
- The right to remain silent
- Notice that anything you say may be used against you later
- The right to an attorney, regardless of your ability to afford one
Violation of the Miranda Warning is not the only way your rights can be violated. If your rights were violated in any other way, including an unlawful search or seizure of your car, your lawyer can use this information when building your defense. The details of your arrest may play a larger role in building your defense than you might be aware of. Review them with your defense team.
A Lawyer Can Negotiate a Beneficial Plea Bargain for You
Conviction on DUI charges can damage your personal, professional, and community reputation. It can also cost you your freedom and the temporary or permanent loss of your driver’s license.
If you are facing these penalties, a plea bargain can offer the following benefits:
- A reduction in the charges you face
- The possibility of a lighter sentence
- A possible reduction in criminal fines
- Less damage to your criminal record
- Less damage to background checks
The lawyer who represents you will negotiate on your behalf for a plea bargain that will work in your favor. The decision to accept or reject a plea bargain, though, is always yours to make. Review your options with your legal team that will help you understand your available options.
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Let Us Help with Any Traffic Violation Charge
There are many laws that govern the actions of drivers in Oxnard. You can face DUI charges if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit. You may also be charged with a criminal act for reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, or driving on a revoked license.
Police officers and red-light cameras in Oxnard can also issue you tickets for traffic infractions. Traffic infractions are not technically severe enough to be considered criminal charges. You will likely only face a small fine if you commit a traffic infraction. You are probably familiar with many common traffic infractions, which can include:
- Running a Red Light
- Misusing a Carpool Lane
While traffic infractions may not seem as serious as a DUI, they still add a point to your license. Your license can be suspended if you accrue too many points in one year, two years, or three years. At Simmrin Law Group, we believe that no one should have to face a DUI or traffic violation charge on their own. Let our team fight for you today.
Get Help from an Oxnard DUI Lawyer Right Now
You could increase the odds that you’ll beat a DUI charge by getting legal help right away. Simmrin Law Group’s DUI lawyers are here to provide you with the professional advice you need right now. We know how important your freedom is, and we’ll work aggressively to win your case. You can get started with a FREE consultation.
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